Sumatriptan-naproxen fixed combination for acute treatment of migraine: A critical appraisal

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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including naproxen and naproxen sodium, are effective yet nonspecific analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs, which work for a variety of pain and inflammatory syndromes, including migraine. In migraine, their analgesic effect helps relieve the headache, while their anti-inflammatory effect decreases the neurogenic inflammation in the trigeminal ganglion. This is the hypoth-esized mechanism by which they prevent the development of central sensitization. Triptans, including sumatriptan, work early in the migraine process at the trigeminovascular unit as agonists of the serotonin receptors (5-HT receptors) 1B and 1D. They block vasoconstric-tion and block transmission of signals to the trigeminal nucleus and thus prevent peripheral sensitization. Therefore, combining these two drugs is an attractive modality for the abor-tive treatment of migraine. Sumatriptan-naproxen fixed combination tablet (Treximet® [sumatriptan-naproxen]) proves to be an effective and well tolerated drug that combines these two mechanisms; yet is far from being the ultimate in migraine abortive therapy, and further research remains essential. © 2010 Khoury and Couch, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.




Khoury, C. K., & Couch, J. R. (2010). Sumatriptan-naproxen fixed combination for acute treatment of migraine: A critical appraisal. Drug Design, Development and Therapy. Dove Medical Press Ltd.

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