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Frova

Generic Name: frovatriptan (FRO va trip tin)
Brand Name: Frova

Medically reviewed on September 29, 2016

What is Frova?

Frova is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. This medicine also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and other migraine symptoms.

Frova is used to treat migraine headaches. This medicine will only treat a headache that has already begun. It will not prevent headaches or reduce the number of attacks.

Frova should not be used to treat a common tension headache, a headache that causes loss of movement on one side of your body, or any headache that seems to be different from your usual migraine headaches. Use Frova only if your condition has been confirmed by a doctor as migraine headaches.

Frova may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not use this medicine if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart problems, certain heart rhythm disorders, a history of heart attack or stroke, or circulation problems that cause a lack of blood supply within the body.

Do not take Frova within 24 hours before or after using another migraine headache medicine.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Frova if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure;

  • past or present heart problems;

  • history of coronary artery disease, heart attack, or stroke, including "mini-stroke";

  • Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome or other heart rhythm disorder;

  • a blood vessel disorder or circulation problems that cause a lack of blood supply within the body; or

  • a headache that seems different from your usual migraine headaches.

To make sure Frova is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:

It is not known whether Frova will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

It is not known whether frovatriptan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while using this medicine.

Frova is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I use Frova?

Your doctor may want to give your first dose of this medicine in a hospital or clinic setting to quickly treat any serious side effects that occur.

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take Frova as soon as you notice migraine symptoms.

Take 1 tablet whole with a full glass of water.

After taking a tablet: If your headache does not completely go away, or goes away and comes back, take a second tablet 2 hours after the first. Do not take more than 3 Frova tablets in 24 hours. If your symptoms have not improved, contact your doctor before taking any more tablets.

Call your doctor if your headache does not go away at all after taking the first Frova tablet.

Never use more than your recommended dose. Overuse of migraine headache medicine can make headaches worse.

Contact your doctor if you have more than four headaches in one month (30 days). Tell your doctor if this medicine seems to stop working as well in treating your migraine attacks.

Frova can raise blood pressure to dangerous levels. Your blood pressure may need to be checked often while you are using this medicine. If you use this medicine long-term, your heart function may need to be checked using an electrocardiograph or ECG (sometimes called an EKG).

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Frova is used as needed, it does not have a daily dosing schedule. Call your doctor promptly if your symptoms do not improve after using Frova.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using Frova?

Do not take Frova within 24 hours before or after using another migraine headache medicine, including:

Frova may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Frova side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Frova and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • numbness or tingling and a pale or blue-colored appearance in your fingers or toes;

  • pain, heaviness, or cold feeling in your legs;

  • sudden and severe stomach pain and bloody diarrhea;

  • heart attack symptoms--chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;

  • signs of a stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), slurred speech;

  • high levels of serotonin in the body--agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting; or

  • dangerously high blood pressure--severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears, nosebleed, anxiety, confusion, severe chest pain, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeats, seizure.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild headache (not a migraine);

  • feeling too warm or too cold;

  • dry mouth, upset stomach;

  • bone or joint pain;

  • numbness or tingling;

  • dizziness, tired feeling; or

  • flushing (warmth, redness, or tingly feeling).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Frova?

Taking Frova while you are using certain other medicines can cause high levels of serotonin to build up in your body, a condition called "serotonin syndrome," which can be fatal. Tell your doctor if you also use:

  • medicine to treat depression;

  • medicine to treat a psychiatric disorder;

  • a narcotic (opioid) medication; or

  • medicine to prevent nausea and vomiting.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with frovatriptan, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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