Frova is a prescription medication taken orally to relieve migraine headache symptoms. There are two main types of migraine medications. One type is used to control the symptoms of an existing headache, while the other type of medication is taken to prevent migraines. Frova is the first type of triptan and is to be taken at the first sign a migraine is coming in order to relieve the pain, as well as other symptoms related to migraine headaches, such as nausea, vision changes, and sensitivity to light and sound. Frova will not prevent or reduce the number of migraines you experience.
The active ingredient of Frova is called Frovatriptan. When taken as directed, Frova will go to work by activating serotonin receptors in the brain. This will cause blood vessels in your brain to constrict while certain other pathways are blocked. Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters in your brain and is responsible for maintaining a stable mood while balancing any excitatory firing of other neurotransmitters in your brain.
It is also believed that Frovatriptan and other triptans can reduce levels of a protein, called calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), that is involved with binding to receptors in the trigeminal nerve that results in pain.
A migraine headache can cause intense throbbing or a pulsing sensation in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can cause significant pain for hours to days and be so severe that all you can think about is finding a dark, quiet place to lie down.
A migraine is a complex disorder involving the brain and the blood vessels around the brain and head. The brain may become hyperactive in response to certain environmental triggers such as light or smells for reasons that are not known. This starts a series of chemical changes that irritate the pain sensing nerves around the head. The pain of migraine headaches is thought to be caused by dilated blood vessels inside the head.
Tell your doctor about all prescription and OTC meds, herbal remedies, and vitamin or dietary supplements you currently take or use before beginning treatment with Frova. Advise your doctor if you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding before taking Frova as it may be harmful to your unborn or nursing baby.
Explain other medical conditions you have to your doctor. You should not take Frova if you have any heart conditions, hypertension or any other issues with blood circulation. Frova should not be taken 24 hours before or after taking ergot drugs or other migraine headache medications.
You should consult with your doctor right away if you experience any of these more serious side effects while taking Frova: slow, fast, or pounding heartbeat; increased blood pressure; vision changes.