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General Information on Naratriptan

Generic Name : Naratriptan

Pronunciation : NAR a TRIP tan

Latest prescription information about Naratriptan. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y51 | Therapeutic Classification : Antimigraine Agents

Trade Names/Brand Names of Naratriptan

India : 

International : 

Naratrex, Amerge

Why is Naratriptan Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a triptan drug (Abortive medication) prescribed for migraine. It results in the contraction of blood vessels surrounding the brain and also stops the release of substances that activate the pain.  

When should Naratriptan not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with history of heart disease, brain disorders, liver impairment and elderly.

What is the dosage of Naratriptan?

PO- The recommended dose is 1 to 2.5mg/day as single dose, maximum allowed dose is 5mg/day.

How should Naratriptan be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, as single dose per day, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Naratriptan?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of high blood pressure, chest paint, heart attack, diabetes, high cholesterol, poor blood circulation, epilepsy, obesity, menopause, kidney or liver disease, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Patient may develop with increased risk of Serotonin Syndrome with the following symptoms: increased heart rate, shivering, sweating, dilated pupils,etc . If it is so consult with your healthcare provider.

What are the side effects of Naratriptan?

  Serious: Heart attack and fast heart rate.
  Heart: Palpitations, increased blood pressure, abnormal ECG recording and fainting.
  ENT: Fear of loud sounds, sinus infection, upper respiratory inflammation and ringing in the ear.
  Metabolic: Increased thirst, dehydration and fluid retention.
  Eye: Photophobia (light sensitivity) and blurred vision.
  Gastrointestinal: Decreased salivation, vomiting, indigestion, diarrhea, gastrointestinal discomfort, abdominal pain, stomach and intestine inflammation and constipation.
  Blood: Increase number of white blood cells.
  Respiratory: Inflammation of bronchus, cough and pneumonia.
  Musculoskeletal: Muscle/joint pain, muscle cramps, spasms, joint and muscle stiffness, tightness and rigidity.
  Central Nervous System: Fainting, tremor, dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, anxiety, depression, detachment and sleep disorders.
  Skin: Sweating, skin rashes, itching and hives.
  Genitourinary: Urinary bladder inflammation and frequent urination.
  Miscellaneous: Chills, fever, no description of odor or taste, swelling and allergic reactions

What are the other precautions for Naratriptan?

Avoid excess dosage; otherwise it may lead to exacerbation of headache.

What are the storage conditions for Naratriptan?

Oral- Store it at room temperature between 20 to 25C, and in an airtight container.

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