Frovatriptan (By mouth)


Frovatriptan (froe-va-TRIP-tan)
Treats migraine headaches in adults.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.


When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to frovatriptan, or if you have a history of heart disease, stroke, ischemic bowel disease, peripheral vascular disease, or liver disease. You should not use this medicine if you have uncontrolled high blood pressure, or hemiplegic or basilar migraine headaches. Do not use this medicine if you have used any other migraine medicine such as sumatriptan (Imitrex®), naratriptan (Amerge?), zolmitriptan (Zomig?), rizatriptan (Maxalt?), or almotriptan (Axert?) in the past 24 hours. Do not use this medicine if you have used an ergotamine medicine (such as methysergide, D.H.E. 45®, Cafergot®, or Migranal®) within the past 24 hours.

How to Use This Medicine

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • If your headache comes back or does not go away after taking this medicine, wait at least 2 hours before taking another dose. If you feel you need to take the medicine more than 3 times in one day, call your doctor.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using birth control pills, propranolol (Inderal®), or a medicine for depression (such as trazodone, Celexa®, Effexor®, Luvox®, Paxil®, Prozac®, Serzone®, Zoloft®).

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, diabetes, or a family history of coronary artery disease.
  • Tell your doctor if you smoke, if you are over 40 years old, or if you have gone through menopause.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Chest, neck, or jaw pain or tightness.
  • Numbness or tingling in your hands, arms, legs, or feet.
  • Stomach pain, diarrhea, or blood in your stools.
  • Uneven heartbeat.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Dizziness, weakness or tiredness.
  • Feeling of warmth or being too hot.
  • Upset stomach or vomiting.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
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