The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
FROVATRIPTAN - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Frova
Frovatriptan is used to treat migraine headache attacks. It does not prevent migraine headaches from occurring and should not be used for other types of headaches (e.g., cluster headaches, tension headaches).
How To Use
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor for migraine headache. It may be taken with or without food although faster relief may occur when taken on an empty stomach. If the headache returns or you have no relief from the first dose, a second dose of this medication may be taken 2 hours after the initial dose. Do not take more than three doses of this medication in a 24- hour time period.
Stomach upset, drowsiness, dizziness, diarrhea, headache, flushing, dry mouth, or feelings of hot or cold may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: vomiting, tingling or numbness of the hands/feet, chest pain, pain or tightness in the neck/throat/jaw, unusual weakness (fatigue), bone pain. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: muscle pain, stomach pain, unusual swelling, mental/mood changes, eye discomfort, ringing in the ears, trouble urinating (e.g., pain, discomfort, or frequent urination). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: unusually fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, chest pain, trouble breathing, stomach pain, bloody diarrhea, one-sided weakness, vision problems, slurred speech, confusion. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
This medication is not recommended for use if you have the following medical conditions: chest pain (angina), history of stroke, history of heart attack(s), other heart or blood vessel disease (e.g., cardiovascular ischemia, bowel ischemia), high blood pressure. Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking history, family history of heart disease, menopause, intestinal problems/disease, any allergies (especially to other "triptan" migraine medicine). This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages. This drug should not be used in people under 18 years of age. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use, especially: SSRI antidepressants (e.g., fluoxetine, sertraline), propranolol. Also, avoid taking other "triptan" migraine drugs (e.g., sumatriptan, zolmitriptan) or ergot-type drugs (e.g., dihydroergotamine, ergotamine, methysergide) within 24 hours of taking this medicine. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe dizziness, blurred vision, or unusually fast or irregular heartbeat.
Do not share this medication with others. Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed to monitor your progress and/or your risk of side effects.
Store at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage temperatures ranging from 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) is permitted.
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