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What does it do?

Naratriptan is used to treat migraines.

How should you take it?

Take naratriptan as directed with a large glass of water at the start of migraine symptoms.
Do not take more than one tablet for the same migraine.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with naratriptan including:

  • cold and flu medicines containing dextromethorphan (e.g. Robitussin Dry Cough Forte®)

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. St John's wort) or recreational drugs (e.g. ecstasy).

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Pain, tightness or pressure in your chest, throat or jaw

Fast or irregular heartbeat

Trouble breathing

Tell your doctor immediately

Drowsiness, tiredness or weakness

Dizziness, hot flushing

Burning sensation, tingling or numbness

Nausea, stomach upset

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have heart, liver or kidney problems, high blood pressure, depression, or if you have had a stroke or ‘mini-stroke’.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Do not take more than two tablets (5 mg) in 24 hours.
  • Do not use naratriptan to prevent the onset of migraines.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. December 2017

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed