—–What is frovatriptan (Frova)?—–

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

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

Frovatriptan 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 this medication only if your condition has been confirmed by a doctor as migraine headaches.

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


—-Frova is used for:—–

Treating acute migraine headache with or without aura (flashing lights, wavy lines, dark spots) in adults. It should not be used to prevent migraines.

Frova is a serotonin 5-HT1 receptor agonist (“triptan”). It works by narrowing the blood vessels in the brain, which helps to relieve migraines.

Frovatriptan is used to treat migraines. It helps to relieve headache, pain, and other migraine symptoms (including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light/sound). Prompt treatment helps you return to your normal routine and may decrease your need for other pain medications. Frovatriptan belongs to a class of drugs known as triptans. It affects a certain natural substance (serotonin) that causes narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. It may also relieve pain by affecting certain nerves in the brain.

Frovatriptan does not prevent future migraines or lessen how often you get migraine attacks.

Frova is part of a class of drugs (triptans) that are commonly used to treat migraine.

Millions of prescription have been written for Frova in the US. Frova has been on the market in the US since 2001.

To see how the popularity of Frova compares to other migraine drugs, visit our “popularity checker” (new name pending)

Written & reviewed by: Lisa Erwin R.Ph. CGP | Last review date: Dec 2010. Click the References Link below for a complete list of references.

—–Side Effects—–

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking frovatriptan:

  • Less common:
  • Changes in vision
  • chest pain
  • fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • increased sweating
  • Incidence not known:
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • agitation
  • bloody diarrhea
  • cold fingers or toes
  • confusion
  • cough
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • fever
  • headache, sudden, severe, and continuing
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • numbness or tingling of the fingers or toes
  • overactive reflexes
  • pain spreading to the left shoulder
  • paleness or cold feeling in the fingertips and toes
  • poor coordination
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • restlessness
  • shivering
  • skin rash, hives, or itching skin
  • talking or acting with excitement you cannot control
  • tightness in the chest, throat, neck, and jaw
  • tingling or pain in the fingers or toes when exposed to cold
  • trembling or shaking
  • twitching
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • weakness in the legs

—-Minor Side Effects—-

Some of the side effects that can occur with frovatriptan may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

–Less common:–

  • Acid or sour stomach
  • belching
  • bone pain
  • continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears
  • dry mouth
  • feeling of warmth
  • hearing loss
  • heartburn
  • hot or cold sensation
  • indigestion
  • pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones
  • redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally upper chest
  • stomach discomfort or upset
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • trouble sleeping

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

Stop using frovatriptan and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

feeling of pain or tightness in your jaw, neck, or throat;

chest pain or heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling;

sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body;

sudden severe headache, confusion, problems with vision, speech,…

—-Side Effects—-

Side effects associated with Frova include the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Tingling
  • Dry mouth
  • Hot flashes
  • Feeling hot or cold
  • Chest pain
  • Indigestion
  • Skeletal pain

Patients with the following conditions should not use Frova:

  • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Hemiplegic or basilar migraine
  • History of stroke
  • Circulation problems


Before taking frovatriptan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: blood circulation problems (for example, in your legs, arms/hands, or stomach), certain types of headaches (hemiplegic or basilar migraine), heart problems (such as chest pain, irregular heartbeat, previous heart attack), liver disease, seizure, stroke or “mini-stroke” (transient ischemic attack).

Certain conditions can increase your risk for heart problems. Tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions, including: high blood pressure, high cholesterol,

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