Patient Preference for Triptan Formulations
At baseline, most patients expressed a preference for conventional tablets. After 4 months, 46.9% of patients preferred zolmitriptan ODT, 43.8% zolmitriptan nasal spray, and 6.3% the conventional tablet. The most common reasons given for preferring conventional tablets were personal reasons: for zolmitriptan ODT, convenience and, to a lesser extent, speed of onset: for zolmitriptan nasal spray, speed of onset, and overall efficacy. MIDAS scores decreased significantly following treatment with zolmitriptan. Zolmitriptan was well tolerated.If you use a triptan that has other formulations than the standard pill available I encourage you to try them. Alternative delivery methods can be preferable because they allow you to get faster relief and avoid complications from nausea and vomiting.
I prefer to use Zomig Nasal Spray and Imitrex StatDose subcutaneous injections. These are the two that work the best for me, and it is nice to know I don't have to worry about keeping a pill down to get relief. They work much faster than pills do, too.
If you have a delivery method preference, share why and which triptans you use in the comments.
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