The Journal of Headache and Pain

Official Journal of the "European Headache Federation" and of "Lifting The Burden - The Global Campaign against Headache"

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Parenteral vs. oral sumatriptan and naratriptan: plasma levels and efficacy in migraine. A comment

The Journal of Headache and Pain20078:411

Received: 21 July 2007

Accepted: 7 September 2007

Published: 25 October 2007


The clinical efficacy in migraine was compared for oral and subcutaneous sumatriptan and naratriptan. Doses of the two administration forms were chosen as resulting in comparable blood concentrations. Subcutaneous administrations of the drugs were superior for efficacy than the oral forms. This most likely due to a quicker rise in blood concentrations after subcutaneous injections.. In designing new therapies for migraine one should aim at a quick absorption of the drug, which will probably result in an increased efficacy.


MigraineSumatriptanNaratriptanOral administrationSubcutaneous administration


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