Frova

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    Brand Name:Frova
    Generic:Frovatriptan Succinate
    Availability:Prescription
This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:
2001-11-08 ,
This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:
Endo Pharms
This drug is available in the following forms:
Tablets
View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:
http://www.fda.gov/cder/foi/nda/2001/21-006_Frova_prntlbl.pdf

About Frova

Frova is used for the short term treatment of most types of migraine attacks in adults. Frova is not used to prevent migraines, or to decrease the number of migraine attacks. Frova has not been shown to treat cluster headaches.

Side Effects of Frova

Some signs of rare but serious side effects include:

  • Possible life-threatening serotonin syndrome when used with SSRI or SNRI medicines.
  • Pain, pressure or tightness in the chest or throat. If severe, or does not go away, call your healthcare professional right away. If this happens at all, discuss with your healthcare professional before taking any more Frova.
  • Rarely, people have a serious allergic reaction to Frova. This could cause shortness of breath, wheeziness, heart throbbing, swelling of eyelids, face, or lips, or a skin rash, lumps or hives. If this happens, tell your healthcare professional right away.

Other side effects may include:

  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Tingling or burning feeling
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth

Who Should Not Take Frova

You should not take Frova if you have (or have had) any of following conditions:

  • uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • heart disease or a history of heart disease
  • hemiplegic or basilar migraine (if you are not sure about this, ask your healthcare professional)
  • stroke
  • circulation (blood flow) problems to your arms, legs, and bowels
  • have taken another migraine medicine in the same drug class as Frova or other migraine medicines that contain ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, or methylsergide in the last 24 hours (ask your healthcare professional for a list of these medicines if you are unsure)
  • severe liver disease

Interactions with Frova

Frova and certain other medicines can interact with each other. Tell your healthcare professional about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some medicines may affect how Frova works or Frova may affect how your other medicines work. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them with you to show your healthcare professional.

Especially tell your healthcare professional if you:

  • take a SSRI or SNRI medicine
  • have taken another migraine medicine in the same drug class as Frova or other migraine medicines that contain ergotamine, dihydroergotamine, or methylsergide in the last 24 hours
  • take propranolol
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Recent Forum Posts on Frova

Frova has worked well for me

My neurologist prescribed Frova for my migraines when it was introduced. It has worked very well for me since. I do not take it as often as I used to but it is still very effective, much more so than any of the other triptophan-like drugs I have taken. There may be newer ones available now, but my migraines are not as frequent as they once were and I have moved to a place where I do not have access to the care and insurance I had before. I suggest to all that you need to do more basic research on MIGRAINE. (Menstrual migraines are not particularly different in scope from any other except that they occur during ovulation and menstruation.) See a neurologist that specializes in migraine. and do your own research. Vicodin is NOT migraine medicine and if it works for your "migraines" you may not have 'migraine". You should take any migraine medicine mat the beginning of your episode. Don't wait until it is full-blown. Medicine works better at the very beginning and is much more likely to knock it completely, then ,than later. I just found out that my health insurance, that costs $1846/month will charge me $233 co-pay for Frova so I will have to get by on samples. No more Frova for me.


No Subject

8/4/03 first time used frova. Migraine was in full bloom, nausa,
vomiting, constant pain on right side of head . took 1 pill
felt relief in about 10- 15 min. As time passed felt better thru
out the night. One thing i did notice was that the next day I still
had a slight headache.
8/6 Doing much better, but still have a slight headache. Will be
consulting my Doctor this morning.


Vertigo

For the past 8 years I have suffered with sever attacks of vertigo. My Dr. prescribed FROVA as a preventive medication. The information packet states that it is not a preventive med. Has anyone taken FROVA to prevent vertigo or menstrual migraines?


frova

I take Frova when I can no longer deal with the pain. I feel like I have a vise on my neck and temples, upset stomach, the lights just kill me. I take a frova and go to bed. The next day I wake up feeling better, but my head is sore. The price of these need to come down, so insurance will allow them. Right now my Dr. gives me samples. I would be in the hospital each time I get one of theses if it wasn't for Frova.


low libido

I have been taking Frova for a little over a year now. It worked great in the beginning, but now I have to take three to relive the migraine and it does not totally go away. Another side effect I have had is a low libido. It has slowly, but steadily gone down to nothing. I will no longer be taking this medication. Has anyone else had this particular problem?


Frova

For about a year now, I've been taking Frova 15-20 times a month. Within an hour, I have relief, but then, about 24-26 hours later, the
pain comes back. Sometimes I have 4 or 5 days being pain free. But most of the time, I do take it (15-20 days per month).


No Subject

I have migraines every morning and take two Frova about three hours apart. Three Frova is the max per day. If my doctor didn't give me samples I would never make it with 9 tablets. I refill the perscription about every three days at $35 per 9 pack on my perscription plan! I get headaches worrying about not having enough medication. It works pretty well,so far and has prevented vomiting although I have taken compozine on occasion when I have been at work or driving a car. It works best if I can close my eyes and rest for 1/2 an hour.


No Subject

Frova is the first drug that has completely taken away my migraine pain without the side effects of other drugs I have used such as Maxalt & butalbital. The only problem is that the directions say that you aren't supposed to take it more than 4 times a month. I sometimes have migraines lasting for several days during my menstrual cyle. I am reading about studies where Frova was used as a preventive for several days. Is there any documented study that lists serious side effects if you take it for more than 4 days a month?


frova

I used to get migraines a couple of times a year. Since the fall I have been getting them monthly. I tried Frova during my last menstrual cycle and it was the first time in months I didn't get a headache. I took one the first day of my period and took one the next three days. It was a miracle. I am a little concerned about long term effects. I also wonder if it effects fertility.
Thanks!


No Subject

Took Frova for the 1st time this weekend. Tha pain was gone within 20 minutes! I did have a few side effects - tingling (expecially in my face) hot flashes and dizziness, but I will take that any day over the usual migraine pain and nausea. Yesterday, the migraine pain was still gone, but my head and neck were sore, and today the headache was back and I had to take another pill. Overall, I think this is great - I was able to enjoy my Memorial Day weekend instead of spending it in bed in unbearable pain


bitter taste

Has anyone experienced a bitter taste after taking Frova? If so, how long did the bitter taste last?

Thanks! I'd appreciate feedback!


Frova price

I just started Frova, and works well so far. I was told it could take up to 4 hours to work, but started relieving my pain within half an hour. I was also told that it will last for up to 36 hours and is good for cluster migraines, like menstrual migraines. The side effects seem less severe for me with Frova. I, too, have gotten samples. What am I expecting to pay for these when I end up going to the pharmacy? Has anyone had any vision problems, the insert states it is toxic to the eye. Lastly, has anyone heard of any other long term side effects? Thanks for any comments.


No Subject

I am a healthly 31 year old male, with the exception of severe migrains about 2-3 times per year. Forva is the first medicine I have taken that has actually worked. I have tried several other (Zomig, etc) that did not help at all. However, I took 1 Frova at the start of my latest migraine and the pain was no more several than a general headache. About 4 hours in, I felt somewhat nauseated and it seemed like the headache pain was a little stronger, so i took the second pill and agian no problems. Also, I was able tofunction again normally withing 12 hours, about half the time as usual.

Basically, i am exstatic that I have finally found a medication that alleviate the pain and symptoms associated with my migraines. I hope you find the same relief!


Side Effect: High BP?

I was given Frova for what are believe to be atypical migraines, though I've had 'regular' migraines since grade school. I took the first pill this weekend at onset and within 15 minutes the attack stopped, but within half an hour, I was feeling uneasy in my chest, could hear and feel my pulse in my ears, my eyes felt that they would burst.. I immediately took an aspirin.. after about 30 more minutes I took my BP and it was high for me. It felt awful and uncomfortable all night. I don't see this as a side effect in documentation, but do see concerns about stroke and heart disease. Makes me curious. Was still the best control over thse attacks in over two years!


No Subject

Took a Frova tonight. Started working within 15minutes. It's nearly an hour later and I'm a little headachey , but otherwise fine. I'm concerned you can't take it more than four times a month. I'm also concerned about the price. The other pill that worked well for me was Relpax. It was $18 PER PILL!!! Highway robbery. Vicodin works well for my migraines , but leaves me feeling loopy and it's HARD to get a prescription for. Plus that it's addictive. I don't want that. But the price fits my budget.


No Subject

I have taken Frova for my menstrual migraine headaches and it works great. I take one the day prior and then the first 2-3 days if necessary. The package insert says you shouldn't take for more than 4 episodes so Carol up above you can take it for your menstrual migraine.


No Subject

i strongly believe Frova is the cause of a stroke i have had. I'am a healthy male, age 52. with no health problems, except for migraine headaches. I was given Frova and took a pill on a Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning I had a stroke. Every test one could imagine was taken to find the cause. none were found everything was normal which leaves only one answer Frova


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