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Profiles of 5-HT 1B/1D agonists in acute migraine with special reference to second generation agents.

Author(s): Deleu D, Hanssens Y

Affiliation(s): Department of Clinical Pharmacology, College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University.

Publication date & source: 1999-06, Acta Neurol Belg., 99(2):85-95.

Publication type: Review

The efficacy of 5-hydroxytryptamine 1B/1D (5-HT 1B/1D) agonists is related to their inhibitory effects on neurogenic inflammation, mediated through serotoninergic control mechanisms. Recently, a series of oral second generation 5-HT 1B/1D agonists (eletriptan, naratriptan, rizatriptan and zolmitriptan) have been developed and are reviewed in this paper. Their in vitro and in vivo pharmacological properties, clinical efficacy, drug interactions, and adverse effects are evaluated and compared to the gold standard in the treatment of acute migraine, sumatriptan.

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