Frova

Generic Name: Frovatriptan

  • What is Frova?

    Frova is used to treat migraine attacks in adults.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Frova?

    Frova is used only to treat migraine headaches; it is not used to prevent or reduce the number of attacks you have. Do not use Frova to treat headaches that might be caused by other conditions.

    There is a risk of heart attack and other heart problems associated with Frova. If you have heart problems, do not take Frova; talk to your doctor about other migraine treatments.

  • Who should not take Frova?

    Do not take Frova if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Do not use this medication if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart problems, hemiplegic or basilar migraines (ask your doctor if you are unsure), have had a stroke, or circulation/blood flow problems.

    Frova should not be used in people who have heart problems such as coronary artery disease (CAD). Also, do not take this drug if you have symptoms or risk factors for CAD but are as yet undiagnosed (eg, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoker, overweight or obese, diabetes, family history of CAD, past menopause, men >40 years).

    You should not take Frova if you have taken certain other medications in the last 24 hours (e.g., drugs from the same class as Frova such as sumatriptan, medication for depression such as paroxetine or fluoxetine, ergotamine or ergot-like medication like dihydroergotamine or methysergide) or if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Frova?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Frova. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart problems, a history of chest pain, shortness of breath, palpitations, diabetes, have any risk factors for heart disease (see "Who should not take this medication?" above) are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: The usual dosage of Frova is one 2.5-milligram (mg) tablet taken for each migraine attack. If the migraine recurs after initial relief, a second tablet may be taken, as long as you have waited 2 hours between doses. The maximum daily dose of Frova is three tablets.

  • How should I take Frova?

    Take the Frova tablet by mouth with liquid.

  • What should I avoid while taking Frova?

    Do not take more than three Frova tablets in a 24-hour period.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Frova?

    If Frova is taken with certain other medications, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Frova with the following: almotriptan, citalopram, eletriptan, ergotamine medications, duloxetine, escitalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, naratriptan, paroxetine, propanolol, rizatriptan, sertraline, sumatriptan, venlafaxine, or zolmitriptan.

  • What are the possible side effects of Frova?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: Chest pain, dizziness, dry mouth, feeling hot or cold, headache (other than a migraine headache), flushing (hot flashes), stomach upset, pain in joints or bones, tingling, tiredness

    Stop taking Frova immediately and call your doctor if you have: serious heart problems, stroke, pain, tightness, heaviness, or pressure in your throat, neck or jaw

  • Can I receive Frova if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Frova during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Frova?

    Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses at once. Frova is usually taken on an as needed basis.

  • How should I store Frova?

    Store at room temperature, away from moisture.

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