So triptans restrict blood flow? That wouldn't be too good for my Raynauds then since I take Norvasc as needed and that's a vasodilator. I guess I will ask the doc for suggestions.
Hello again Sherry,
I'm not sure if you ever got a proper response to your question here so I'll give it a shot. I'm fairly certain that taking triptans will not interfere with your Norvasc. I have three reasons for saying so :p 1)Norvasc is a Calcium channel blocker similar to Verapamil and I take Verapamil and am allowed to take triptans (also, Calcium channel blockers are fairly common medications for migraines so they shouldn't interfere with triptans, an even more popular class of migraine medications). 2) Drugs.com and RxList.com do not list triptans as drugs that cause adverse reactions with Norvasc. 3)"[Norvasc] inhibits the transmembrane influx of calcium ions into vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle...with a greater effect on vascular smooth muscle cells than on cardiac muscle cells." Norvasc is a peripheral vasodilator. It differs from centrally acting vasodilators in that it does not cross the blood-brain barrier (due to it's high molecular weight, I believe, >500). Triptans act on cranial arteries in the brain, so the two should not interfere with each other.
Anyhow, 1 and 2 make a pretty good case that Norvasc and triptans are not contra-indicated. However, I'm not 100% sure about
#3, so I would still as your doctor, though I believe that I am right.
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