Malysheva and Gandelman: taking triptans can cause a sharp rise in blood pressure and lead to a stroke

Triptans are a group of drugs designed to quickly relieve a migraine attack and alleviate associated symptoms (photo and sound sensitivity, nausea, vomiting).
< br>Therapist Elena Malysheva and cardiologist German Gandelman said that taking triptans can lead to stroke. This was discussed on the air of the program “Live Healthy!” on Channel One.

According to Gandelman, triptans are among the most effective drugs for relieving headaches. However, taking them increases blood pressure. 

“Uncontrolled blood pressure is a contraindication to the use of these drugs,” said the cardiologist.

Malysheva, in turn, added that taking triptans with existing hypertension can lead to person before a stroke. She had personal experience: during a migraine attack, she took sumatriptan. 

“I measure my blood pressure—my reading is 220 over 120, and I understand that I’m about to have a stroke,” Malysheva recalled.

Three triptans are available in Russia: sumatriptan, eletriptan and zolmitriptan. These are prescription medications that are selected by the doctor taking into account concomitant diseases, contraindications, and a person’s lifestyle.

Let us recall the symptoms of migraine:

1. Severe, vomiting, throbbing pain. Usually felt in one half of the head.

2. Duration and frequency. Migraines can last from several hours to several days, occurring periodically, from several times a month to several times a year.

3. Photosensitivity. Many people with migraines experience sensitivity to bright light. During an attack they need darkness.

4. Sound sensitivity.

5. Nausea and vomiting.

6. Auras. Auras can be different, including changes in vision (flickering points of light, blurred vision), changes in sensitivity, or even temporary loss of consciousness.

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Important! Information is provided for reference purposes. Ask a specialist about contraindications and side effects and under no circumstances self-medicate. At the first signs of illness, consult a doctor.