Frova (generic: frovatriptan) is a prescription medication used to treat migraine headaches once they have started. Frova belongs to a group of drugs called selective serotonin receptor agonists or "triptans." It works by narrowing blood vessels around the brain.
This medication comes in tablet form and is taken at the first sign of a migraine headache.
Common side effects of Frova include dizziness, tiredness, and tingling feeling.
Frova is a prescription medicine used to treat migraine attacks with or without aura (vision problems) in adults.
This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
The most common side effects associated with use of Frova are:
- fatigue (tiredness)
- headache (other than a migraine headache)
- paresthesia (feeling of tingling)
- dry mouth
- flushing (hot flashes)
- feeling hot or cold
- chest pain
- dyspepsia (indigestion)
- skeletal pain (pain in joints or bones)
Tell your doctor about any symptoms that you develop while taking Frova. If you feel dizziness or fatigue, take extra care or avoid driving and operating machinery.
In very rare cases, patients taking this class of medicines experience serious heart problems, stroke, or increased blood pressure. If you develop pain, tightness, heaviness, or pressure in your chest, throat, neck, or jaw, contact your doctor right away.
Also contact your doctor right away if you develop a rash or itching after taking Frova. You may be allergic to this medicine.
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), two types of drugs for depression or other disorders. Common SSRIs are Celexa (citalopram HBr), Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate), Paxil (paroxetine), Prozac/Sarafem (fluoxetine), Symbyax (olanzapine/fluoxetine), Zoloft (sertraline), and fluvoxamine. Common SNRIs are Cymbalta (duloxetine) and Effexor (venlafaxine).
These medicines may affect how Frova works, or Frova may affect how these medicines work.
Do not take Frova if you:
- have uncontrolled high blood pressure
- have heart disease or a history of heart disease
- have hemiplegic or basilar migraine (if you are not sure about this, ask your doctor)
- have had a stroke
- have circulation (blood flow) problems
- have taken a similar drug (a serotonin receptor agonist) in the last 24 hours. These include sumatriptan (Imitrex), naratriptan (Amerge), zolmitriptan (Zomig), rizatriptan (Maxalt), eletriptan hydrobromide (Relpax),or almotriptan (Axert)
- have taken ergotamine type medicines in the last 24 hours. These include Bellergal, Cafergot, Ergomar, Wigraine, DHE 45, or Sansert
- have any allergic reaction to the tablet
Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Frova there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving Frova.
Before receiving Frova, tell your doctor if you:
- are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant
- are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
- have any history of chest pain, shortness of breath, or palpitations
- have any risk factors for heart disease, including
- high blood pressure
- high cholesterol
- a family history of heart disease
- past menopause
- male over 40 years old
- are taking any other medicines, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, and herbal supplements
- have any past or present medical problems
- have previous allergies to any medicine
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Frova will harm your unborn baby.
Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Frova is excreted in human breast milk or if it will harm your nursing baby.
Take one Frova tablet anytime after the start of your migraine headache. If your headache comes back after your first dose, you may take a second tablet after two (2) hours. Do not take more than three (3) Frova tablets in a 24-hour period.
The recommended dose of Frova is one tablet (2.5 mg) taken by mouth with fluids. A second tablet may be taken, if needed, after 2 hours. The maximum recommended daily dose is 3 tablets.
If you take too much medicine, contact your doctor, hospital emergency department, or poison control center right away.
Frova tablets contain 2.5 mg of frovatriptan.
Active ingredient: frovatriptan
Inactive ingredients: lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, silicon dioxide, sodium starch glycolate type A potato, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, polyethylene glycol 3000, triacetin, titanium dioxide.
Store at room temperature, 15 - 30°C (59°F - 86°F) away from moisture.
Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.
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