Frovatriptan Side Effects
Not all side effects for frovatriptan may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
For the Consumer
Applies to frovatriptan: oral tablet
In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by frovatriptan. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking frovatriptan:Less common
- Changes in vision
- chest pain
- fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
- increased sweating
- Abdominal or stomach pain
- bloody diarrhea
- cold fingers or toes
- difficulty swallowing
- headache, sudden, severe, and continuing
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- numbness or tingling of the fingers or toes
- overactive reflexes
- pain spreading to the left shoulder
- paleness or cold feeling in the fingertips and toes
- poor coordination
- puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
- skin rash, hives, or itching skin
- talking or acting with excitement you cannot control
- tightness in the chest, throat, neck, and jaw
- tingling or pain in the fingers or toes when exposed to cold
- trembling or shaking
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- weakness in the legs
Some of the side effects that can occur with frovatriptan may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:Less common
- Acid or sour stomach
- bone pain
- continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
- dry mouth
- feeling of warmth
- hearing loss
- hot or cold sensation
- pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
- redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally upper chest
- stomach discomfort or upset
- stuffy or runny nose
- trouble sleeping
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to frovatriptan: oral tablet
Cardiovascular side effects, some fatal, have occurred following the use of 5-HT1 agonists. These events are extremely rare and most have been reported in patients with risk factors predictive of CAD. Such effects include coronary artery vasospasm, transient myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, ventricular tachycardia, and ventricular fibrillation.
Cardiovascular side effects reported with the use of frovatriptan have included palpitation (>1% of patients) and less frequently, tachycardia, abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG), and bradycardia.
Nervous system side effects reported during clinical trials included dizziness (8% vs. 5% placebo), headache (4% vs. 3% placebo), and paresthesia (4% vs. 2% placebo). Additional nervous system side effects reported with the use of frovatriptan have included infrequent cases of tremor, hyperesthesia, worsened migraine, involuntary muscle contractions, vertigo, ataxia, somnolence, abnormal gait and speech disorder. Hypertonia, hypotonia, syncope, abnormal reflexes and tongue paralysis were rarely reported during clinical trials involving frovatriptan. There have also been postmarketing reports of seizure in close temporal association with triptan use.
General side effects reported as frequent with the use of frovatriptan have included pain, fatigue, hot or cold sensation, and chest pain. Other general side effects reported less frequently have included asthenia, rigors, fever, hot flushes and malaise. Rarely reported general side effects of frovatriptan use have included feelings of relaxation, leg pain and mouth edema.
Gastrointestinal side effects reported most often during clinical trials included dry mouth (3% vs. 1% placebo) and dyspepsia (2% vs. 1% placebo). Additional gastrointestinal side effects reported as frequent during clinical trials of frovatriptan have included vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Infrequently reported gastrointestinal side effects have included dysphagia, flatulence, constipation, anorexia, esophagospasm, and increased salivation. Rarely reported gastrointestinal side effects have included a change in bowel habits, chelitis, eructation, gastroesophageal reflux, hiccough, peptic ulcer, salivary gland pain, stomatitis, and toothache.
Psychiatric side effects reported as having occurred frequently during clinical trials involving frovatriptan have included insomnia and anxiety. Reported as infrequent psychiatric side effects were confusion, nervousness, agitation, euphoria, impaired concentration, depression, emotional lability, amnesia, thinking abnormally, and depersonalization. Reports of aggravated depression, abnormal dreaming, and personality disorder have rarely occurred.
Musculoskeletal side effects reported as having occurred frequently during clinical trials have included skeletal pain (3% vs. 2% placebo). Additional musculoskeletal side effects having occurred infrequently with the use of frovatriptan have included myalgia, back pain, arthralgia, arthrosis, leg cramps, and muscle weakness.
Respiratory side effects reported as having occurred frequently during clinical trials of frovatriptan have included sinusitis and rhinitis. Additional respiratory side effects have included infrequent reports of pharyngitis, dyspnea, hyperventilation and laryngitis.
Ocular side effects reported as having occurred frequently during clinical trials involving frovatriptan have included abnormal vision. Infrequently reported ocular side effects have included eye pain, conjunctivitis, and abnormal lacrimation.
Dermatologic side effects reported as having occurred frequently during clinical trials involving frovatriptan have included increased sweating. Infrequently reported dermatologic side effects have included pruritus and bullous eruption.
Other side effects reported as having occurred frequently during clinical trials involving frovatriptan have included tinnitus. Infrequently reported other side effects have included earache, hyperacusis, and taste perversion.
Genitourinary side effects have been reported infrequently with the use of frovatriptan and have included increased micturition frequency and polyuria. Additionally, rare reports of nocturia, renal pain, and abnormal urine have occurred.
Metabolic side effects have been reported infrequently with the use of frovatriptan and have included increased thirst and dehydration. Additionally, rare reports of hypocalcemia and hypoglycemia have occurred.
Hematologic side effects have been reported infrequently with the use of frovatriptan and have included epistaxis. Additionally, rare reports of purpura have occurred.
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