trip·​tan | \ ˈtrip-ˌtan How to pronounce triptan (audio) , -tən \

Definition of triptan

: any of a class of drugs (such as sumatriptan) that bind to and are agonists of serotonin receptors and are used to treat migraine attacks

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Recent Examples on the Web This mode of action, however, means triptans are not considered safe for use by people at risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, 19 Nov. 2019 Prior to Reyvow, triptans have been on the market since the early '90s and have accounted for almost 80% of migraine treatments prescribed at office visits. Blair Chance, ABC News, 15 Feb. 2020 All the findings were still lower than the symptom-relieving effect shown by triptans. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, 19 Nov. 2019 But ubrogepant is not as effective as triptans are, points out Dr. Stephen Silberstein, director of the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, 19 Nov. 2019 In addition, medications known as triptans are used to treat migraines. Maggie O'neill,, 11 July 2019 Ideally such pain relievers would be in pill form and would not constrict blood vessels, as triptans do. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, 1 May 2017 This drug belongs to a group of popular migraine medications called triptans, which increase the amount of serotonin in your brain, helping your blood vessels to constrict and reducing pain, according to the NINDS. Korin Miller, SELF, 1 Aug. 2018 The first migraine-specific drugs, the triptans, were introduced in the 1990s. David Noonan, Scientific American, 1 Dec. 2015 See More

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First Known Use of triptan

1997, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for triptan

-triptan (as in sumatriptan)

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“Triptan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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trip·​tan | \ ˈtrip-ˌtan How to pronounce triptan (audio) , -tən How to pronounce triptan (audio) \

Medical Definition of triptan

: any of a class of drugs (as sumatriptan) that bind to and are agonists of serotonin receptors, that are used to treat migraine attacks, and that are thought to function by producing vasoconstriction of cranial blood vessels, by inhibiting secretion of inflammatory neuropeptides, and by blocking neurotransmission of pain


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