What the Migraineurs Should Know About The Triptan Drugs

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Triptans are the relatively new weaponry in the scientists’ arsenal in migraine management and treatment. They work at the neurochemical (serotonin receptor) level. Triptans are not painkillers. All the Triptan drugs act at the wall of the blood vessels (especially cranial/dural blood vessels) and cause their constriction (or narrowing) called vasoconstriction, thus offsetting the swelling that causes the pain. It is also effective in alleviating some of the other symptoms of migraine attack such as sensitivity to light and sound. It acts towards stimulating the release of serotonin in the bloodstream.

Triptan range of medication includes chemicals Frovatriptan, Naratriptan, Eletriptan, Sumatriptan, Almotriptan and Rizatriptan. They should however, never be mixed with ergotamine drugs or any other drug stated in the drug literature or by the doctor. In addition, they are not to be taken in conjunction with any anti-depressant that is known to increase serotonin levels. Neither are they indicated for use by hemiplegic and basilar artery migraineurs.

All of these medications have similar possible side effects such as those of dizziness, fatigue, tingling sensations on skin, dryness of mouth, hot flashes, chest pain or tightness, sensitivity to temperatures, joint pains, coronary artery vasospasm, transient myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, ventricular tachycardia, and ventricular fibrillation, serotonin syndrome etc.

Triptan drugs are available at pharmacies on showing a doctor’s prescription due to the potential side effects, which may be serious in nature. Some Triptan drugs work faster than the others do. Some others work for longer hours, some have only one set of side effects, and the other Triptans may have another set. This makes it imperative for you to consult your doctor before taking these medications. The doctor will make a decision on a case-to-case basis depending on your migraine frequency, intensity, duration, medical history (especially those of heart, diabetes and hypertension etc).

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Brahmari Pranayama and Serotonin Benefits for Migraineurs


The Brahmari Pranayama – An Effective Technique To Stave Off Migraines (1)

This Pranayama imitates the sound of a humming bee during it’s exhaling phase. It thus channelizes breathing through a vibrating state. The Brahmari Pranayama is the most efffective of all the Pranayamas chalked out for migraineurs.

The Benefits:

  • The brahmari cures post delivery and menstrual migraines through higher serotonin release pre-menstruation,
  • It is extremely useful for Alzheimer patients and those with heart conditions,
  • The Brahmari also balances blood sugar and hormone secretion,
  • It’s practice increases the rate of metabolism and calms the mind,
  • It is proven to improve memory and concentration.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Sit on a mat on an even floor (Preferably in Vajra Asana or Sukha Asana).
  2. Close your glottis partially as you inhale through both nostrils, making a snoring sound.
  3. Exhale slowly emitting the buzzing sound of a humming bee.
  4. Humming while exhaling allows you to spin out your breath and make a longer exhalation.
  5. Repeat the process 5 – 10 times.

Personally, I recommend The Art of Living Foundation’s Basic Course where they teach you how to do the different Pranayama with precision. The Foundation’s chapters have presence in almost all the countries of the world and in all major cities. You may visit their website to www.artofliving.org to find out the location of their branch in your locality. Another trusted source would be to watch and follow or buy the DVDs of Baba Ramdev. His instructions are articulate and make them easy to follow. Information and YouTube demonstrations of asana and Pranayama are available on his website www.baba-ramdev.info.

Remember, any Pranayama done wrongly has the potential to be dangerous. It is recommended that you learn Pranayama through a qualified Yoga instructor.

As with aerobic exercises, benefits can be enjoyed with consistency. As with homeopathic medications, benefits are more forthcoming with regularity in timing of practice. In addition, as with aerobics and homeopathic programs a sensible diet, lean on fat, moderate on complex carbohydrates, high on high fibre, protein and water, along with a good dose of patience brings sustained results. As with all Pranayamas, they are best done on an empty stomach in the morning or evening.


  1. In Touch Yoga Byron Bay; Web December 2013; http://www.google.com/imgres?sa=X&espv=210&es_sm=93&biw=1280&bih=708&tbm=isch&tbnid=4Z_R3L98-9N17M:&imgrefurl=http://www.intouchyogabyronbay.com/newsletter-article-2-just-being/p/82&docid=AFVdzisGtonBFM&imgurl=http://www.intouchyogabyronbay.com/media/images/content/detail/N_and_H_Aug_Sept_07_014-text446.jpg&w=1000&h=750&ei=8VapUs7ZFsa_ywOTjIHIDA&zoom=1&ved=1t:3588,r:53,s:0,i:251&iact=rc&page=3&tbnh=177&tbnw=236&start=45&ndsp=23&tx=91&ty=89

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