acute treatement of moderate to severe migraine. derivative of serotonin. subcutaneous injection, oral tables, or nasal spray. metabolized by MAO-A, excreted in urine.
Pharmacodynamics - also relieves nasua, vomiting, photophobia, and phonophobia.
contraindicated in coronary artery disease. can cause MI, don't give IV - can cause vasospasms, don't use with other ergots.
triptan symptoms: chest and throat tightness, dif. breathing, panic, anxiety, parathesias, etc.
don't use with MAO inhibitors!