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Frovatriptan treats migraine headaches. It narrows the blood vessels around the brain and reduces substances in the body that trigger headaches. It only treats headaches that have begun; it does not prevent them. It should not be used for common tension headaches or headaches that cause loss of movement on one side of your body. It is not approved for patients under 18.
Take frovatriptan as soon as you sense migraine symptoms. Take 1 tablet with a full glass of water. If, after one tablet, your headache doesn’t subside, contact your doctor before taking a second tablet. If the headache goes away and comes back, take a second tablet if it’s been at least 2 hours after the first. Never take more than 3 tablets in 24 hours. Contact your doctor if your first tablet doesn’t make the headache go away at all.
Inform your doctor of your medical history, especially if you’ve had cardiovascular disease, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, risk factors for coronary artery disease, if you become pregnant or breast-feed, and if your headache seems different from your usual headaches. Do not take frovatriptan within 24 hours before or after another migraine medication or ergot medication. Don’t drive or do anything that requires alertness until you know how this drug affects you. May interact with other drugs, so inform your doctor of other medications you take.
Get emergency help if you sense an allergic reaction or overdose. Cease use and contact your physician if you encounter serious side effects, such as: sudden severe stomach pain, chest pain, irregular pulse, convulsions, circulation problems, heart attack symptoms, symptoms of excessive serotonin levels, increased blood pressure symptoms, symptoms of stroke. Other side effects may include: mild (non-migraine) headache, temperature sensitivity, dry mouth, chest pain, bone/joint pain, numbness/tingling, dizziness, fatigue, flushing. May cause serotonin syndrome.