Triptans, Migraine and Menstrual Migraine – Further Evidence That Hormones Are Not The Cause!

August 24, 2009 by dean · Leave a Comment 

Photophobia means sensitivity to light

Photophobia means sensitivity to light

Interesting to note that a recent study when reviewing migraine-associated characteristics including aura, allodynia-associated (excessive tenderness to touch) symptoms, photophobia (sensitivity to light), phonophobia (sensitivity to noise), and nausea were similar for both menstrual migraine and non menstrual migraine sufferers.

Furthermore the triptans were equally effective for both menstrual related migraine and non menstrual migraine patients.

I have also mentioned before, research which demonstrates that the triptans desensitise the brainstem – a case for sensitised brainstems in menstrual migraine sufferers.



(Diamond ML, Cady RK, Mao L, Biondi DM, Finlayson G, Greenberg SJ, Wright P. Characteristics of migraine attacks and responses to almotriptan treatment: a comparison of menstrually related and nonmenstrually related migraines. Headache 2008 Feb;48(2):248-58)

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