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How do I take naratriptan safely?

To make sure that you are taking naratriptan safely, first discuss your personal and family medical history with your doctor. Talk about any instances of heart disease, coronary artery disease, heart attack, diabetes, kidney problems, stroke, liver problems, angina, ischemic bowel disease, high blood pressure, headaches, high cholesterol, shortness of breath, irregular or fast heartbeat or unusual growths on the brain. These conditions may be amplified for men over 40 years of age or women who have had a hysterectomy. Tell your doctor if you are overweight or smoke.

If naratriptan is taken with certain anti-depressant medications, like SSRIs or MAOIs, it may cause serotonin syndrome, a fatal condition. Symptoms of this syndrome include: confusion, hallucination, agitation, coma, fever, irregular or fast heartbeat, excessive sweating, nausea, tremor, vomiting or diarrhea. Talk to your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur.

Your doctor may request certain laboratory tests to monitor side effects while taking naratriptan. Lab tests may monitor blood pressure, kidney function, liver function and heart function.

This medication should not be used by elderly people, as they are at increased risk of heart problems and high blood pressure. Children and teenagers 18 years of age or younger should use naratriptan with extreme caution.

Discuss using naratriptan with your doctor if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. It remains unclear how this medication affects a mother or her unborn child or if this medication can be passed from the mother to her infant in breast milk.

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