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Frova is an oral tablet made up of an antimigraine drug called frovatriptan. This product is also known internationally as Migrex and can be purchased in 2.5mg!
Frova is used to treat symptoms of a migraine. A migraine is a type of headache that falls on a moderate to severe level of pain and is often times followed with pain, nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. This medication is a short-relief medication, which means it is only effective in treating an attack that has already begin, and will not be effective in preventing further migraines from occurring, like a long-relief medication will. Frova should not be mixed up as a medication used to treat common tension headaches, and should only be used in patients who have had a doctor confirm that their headaches are migraine headaches.
Frova/Migrex/frovatriptan is effective in treating migraines as it is capable of affecting the natural hormone serotonin that causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain and helps relieve pain by also affecting the nerves in the brain.
Sometimes this medication can cause serious side effects; it is recommended you take your first dose in a hospital or clinic setting so you have easy access to a healthcare professional should any negative side effects occur. Follow all instructions given to you by your doctor.
Take Frova as soon as you notice a migraine beginning. Frova should be swallowed whole with a class of water; the average person takes 1 tablet per day.
Do not take a second tablet if the migraine doesn’t go away; consult your doctor first.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat; keep out of reach of children and pets.
Go over all drug allergies you have with your doctor before proceeding with treatment. There could be in-active ingredients in Frova you are not aware about.
It is important to tell your doctor about all medical conditions you have in order to determine the safety and effectiveness this drug will have on you and will also help determine your dose. You doctor will more specifically be looking for conditions such as; 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).
Other conditions also need to be discussed with your doctor as they could impose a risk of heart problems if taken with Frovatriptan. These conditions consist of; high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, family history of heart disease, overweight, smoker, postmenopausal (women), age more than 40 years (men).
This medication may cause dizziness, especially if mixed with alcohol or cannabis. Limit recreational drug uses and activities that require your full attention until you understand how this drug affects you.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk, do not breast feed while using this medication until you have spoken with your doctor about the risks.
You should not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to be; this product has potential to harm an unborn baby, speak with your doctor about the benefits and risks.
Common side effects of Frova (frovatriptan) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Frova (frovatriptan) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Signs to watch for: (contact your doctor right away)
blood circulation problems in your legs or feet--cramps, tight or heavy feeling, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness, burning pain, cold feeling, color changes (pale or blue), hip pain;
heart attack symptoms--chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating;
high levels of serotonin in the body--agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting;
increased blood pressure--severe headache, blurred vision, pounding in your neck or ears, anxiety, nosebleed; or
stroke--sudden numbness or weakness (especially on one side of the body), sudden severe headache, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance.
I take herbal products and also take an anti-depressant. Is this product safe for me to use?
Using Frova while also using herbal products and/or an anti-depressant (as well as other medications such as medicine for Parkinson’s disease, for serious infections, stimulant medicine, opiod medicine and others) can cause high levels of serotonin to build up and cause serotonin syndrome, which is potentially a fatal condition.
Is this product approved for use in children?
Unfortunetly, Frova can only be used for treatments in adults; anyone under 18 is not approved to use Frova for safety concerns.
What other conditions does this medication treat?
Frova is used for the treatment of migraines only.
What is the maximum dose of Frova one can consume in a day?
In the US, manufactures say not to exceed more than 3 doses (7.5mg) a day whereas Canadian manufactures say not to exceed more than 2 doses (5mg) a day. It is safest to listen to the suggestion made by your doctor.
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