What should I know before taking this drug?
Additional information if any
Naratriptan is pronounced as: NAR a TRIP tan
Type: OTC / Prescription
Naratriptan is a prescription drug available from your pharmacy store only with the prescription of a qualified medical practitioner.
Naratriptan belongs to group of drugs called selective serotonin receptor agonist
Naratriptan is used to treat acute migraine attack. Naratriptan does not prevent future migraine attacks.
Take naratriptan exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand the instructions on the prescription ask your pharmacist to explain them to you. If leaflet is available read it before you start taking the naratriptan.
Naratriptan can be taken with or without food however with out food it works faster and gives better relief.
Naratriptan should be taken at the first sign of migraine attack or it is progressing. Do not take naratriptan with out having the migraine symptoms, it can not be used to prevent the migraine attack.
If it is the first time you are using the naratriptan take it in doctor’s office. If you do not get the relief with the first dose take the second dose after four hours of taking the first dose only with the doctor’s advice.
Children: The safety and efficacy of naratriptan is not confirmed in children. Naratriptan should not be used in children less than 18 years old.
Older people: Naratriptan is eliminated by kidneys. Seniors older than 65 years have decreased renal function and they are more prone to adverse effects of naratriptan.
Pregnant women: Naratriptan belongs to FDA pregnancy category C. This means that naratriptan may harm an unborn baby if used during pregnancy but potential benefit may warrant use of the drug in pregnant woman despite potential risks. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or are planning for conception.
Lactating women: It is not known whether naratriptan passes into breast milk or if it could harm the baby. Do not take naratriptan with out first talking to doctor if you are breast feeding a baby.
The following are the side effects for naratriptan
How do I store naratriptan
Store naratriptan at room temp (15 – 30 degrees C). Avoid excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight, never store in the bathroom.
Keep it out of reach of children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed off safely.
Naratriptan cause drowsiness, dizziness, does not drive or operate machine while you are taking naratriptan.
Naratriptan can not be used as prophylactic, it only cure the migraine which is already started.
Inform the doctor if you are on anti depressants like fluoxetine, citalopram
It is imp to read manufacturing packaging instruction carefully if available and always do not hesitate to consult pharmacist or physician for any additional information.
Written by: Healthplus24 team
Date: Aug 22nd,09