Frovatriptan belongs to the class of medication called triptans. They are used to treat an attack rather than preventing one. Propranolol may be prescribed as a preventative measure and is safe to take alongside this medication.
Frovatriptan is a serotonin (or 5HT) agonist. Frovatriptan, which is also prescribed under the brand name Migard, relieves migraine pain by causing the blood vessels in the brain to narrow. It is thought that widening of blood vessels in the brain causes the throbbing pain of migraine headaches.
Frovatriptan is most effective at the onset of a migraine attack.
Take Frovatriptan (generic Migard) 2.5 mg tablets as early as possible after the onset of the migraine headache. Swallow one tablet whole with water.
If the first dose does not give you any relief, do not take a second dose during the same attack. You can use Frovatriptan 2.5 mg tablet for any following attacks.
If you obtain relief after the first dose, but the headache/migraine comes back within 24 hours, you can take a second dose provided that at least 2 hours have elapsed between the doses.
Do not exceed the maximum dose of 5 mg (two tablets) in 24 hours.
Taking this medication incorrectly, or too frequently may result in chronic daily headaches. If you think this might be the case, please contact us.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with frovatriptan (generic Migard):
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
- nausea (feeling sick), dry mouth, digestion problems, stomach pain
- fatigue, chest discomfort (sensation of slight heaviness, pressure or tightness in the chest)
- headache, dizziness, sensation of pins and needles, most frequently in the arms and legs
- reduction or disturbance of the sensations of touch, extreme sleepiness
- hot flushes, tightness in the throat, sight disturbances, increased sweating
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
- altered sense of taste, trembling, poor concentration, lethargy, increased sensation of touch, drowsiness, involuntary muscle contractions
- diarrhoea, difficulty in swallowing, gas in stomach or bowel, stomach discomfort, bloated stomach
- awareness of heart beat (palpitations), fast heart beat, high blood pressure, chest pain (intense tightness or feeling of pressure in the chest)
- feeling hot, reduced tolerance of heat and cold, pain, weakness, thirst, sluggishness, increased energy, generally feeling unwell, sensation of spinning
- anxiety, inability to sleep, confusion, nervousness, agitation, depression, loss of sense of personal identity
- coldness in the hands and feet, irritation of the nose, inflamed sinus, sore throat and/or voice box
- muscle stiffness, muscle and bone pain, pain in the hands and feet, back pain, painful joints
- eye pain, eye irritation, painful oversensitivity to light, itchiness, ringing in the ears, earache
- dehydration, passing urine frequently, production of large amounts of urine
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer. For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Frovatriptan should be used with caution if you:
- are at risk of coronary artery disease
- are a heavy smoker or use nicotine substitution therapy
- are a post-menopausal female or a male aged over 40 years
Frovatriptan should NOT be used if you:
- have had a heart attack, or suffer or have suffered from certain cardiovascular diseases such as angina pectoris (characterised by crushing pain in the chest which can extend into the left arm), or circulation disorders of the legs or arms (especially in the fingers and toes)
- have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- have severely or moderately high blood pressure, or if your blood pressure is not adequately controlled
- have severe liver disease
- are taking other medicines also used in the treatment of migraine (ergotamine and ergotamine derivatives (including methysergide) or other triptans (5-hydroxytryptamine (5HT1) agonists)
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
Frovatriptan should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
The patient information leaflet (PIL) is a leaflet containing specific information about medical conditions, doses and side effects. You can download a copy of the PIL here:
Patient Info Leaflet