This is one of the new meds my neurologist prescribed for me. I found this imformation on the webite, www.migraines.org. Many of us with lupus also suffer from migraines as well. I am not aware of anything linking the two specifically, but if you know of an article or study that has linked these two, feel free to let me know and I will post it here. Thanks and enjoy reading…
FROVA® (frovatriptan succinate tablets)
CAUTION: Federal law prohibits dispensing without prescription.
What is Frova®?
Frovatriptan (froe-va-TRIP-tan) is used to treat Migraine attacks. Many people find that their Migraine symptoms go away completely after they take frovatriptan. Other people find that their symptoms are reduced, and that they are able to go back to their normal activities even though their Migraines are not completely gone. Frovatriptan often relieves many symptoms that occur together with the pain of a Migraine, such as nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, and sensitivity to sound.
Frovatriptan is not an ordinary pain reliever. It will not relieve any kind of pain other than Migraine. This medicine is usually used for people whose Migraines are not relieved by acetaminophen, aspirin, or other pain relievers.
Frovatriptan may cause serious side effects in some people, especially people who have heart or blood vessel disease. Be sure that you discuss with your doctor the risks of using this medicine as well as the good that it can do.
Frovatriptan is available only with your doctor’s prescription.Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For frovatriptan, the following should be considered:
Do not take frovatriptan if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), or phenelzine (Nardil) within the last 14 days. The combination could cause seizures, nausea, vomiting, sweating, flushing, and dizziness.
Do not take frovatriptan if you:
Taking a serotonin receptor agonist with any of the medicines listed above may be dangerous.
Before taking frovatriptan, tell your doctor if you are taking a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) such as citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), or sertraline (Zoloft). You may not be able to take frovatriptan, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with frovatriptan. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
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Proper Use of This Medicine
To relieve your Migraine as soon as possible, use frovatriptan as soon as the pain begins. Even if you get warning signals of a coming Migraine (an aura), you should wait until the pain starts before using frovatriptan. Using frovatriptan during the aura probably will not prevent the pain from occurring. However, even if you do not use frovatriptan until your Migraine has been present for several hours, the medicine will still work.
Lying down in a quiet, dark room for a while after you use this medicine may help relieve your Migraine.
If you feel much better after a dose of frovatriptan, but your Migraine comes back or gets worse after 2 or more hours, you may use one additional dose of frovatriptan
Your doctor may direct you to take another medicine to help prevent Migraines. It is important that you follow your doctor’s directions, even if your Migraines continue to occur. Migraine-preventing medicines may take several weeks to start working. Even after they do start working, your Migraines may not go away completely. However, your Migraines should occur less often, and they should be less severe and easier to relieve. This can reduce the amount of frovatriptan or pain relievers that you need. If you do not notice any improvement after several weeks of Migraine-preventing treatment, check with your doctor.
Precautions While Using This Medicine
Some people feel drowsy or dizzy during or after a Migraine, or after taking frovatriptan to relieve a Migraine. As long as you are feeling drowsy or dizzy, do not drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy or are not alert.
Side Effects of This Medicine
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Other side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. Some of these effects, such as nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness, and general feeling of illness or tiredness, often occur during or after a Migraine, even when frovatriptan has not been used. Most of the side effects caused by frovatriptan go away within a short time (less than 2 hours). However, check with your doctor if these side effects continue or are bothersome.
Other side effects not listed above may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your doctor.