Even though Frova is not designed to prevent a migraine from occurring, it can relieve the symptoms of a migraine once it starts. Frova works by helping the blood vessels of the head return to their normal state after dilating during a migraine. Frova uses in children under 18 years of age have not been adequately studied.
What Is Frova Used For?Frova® (frovatriptan succinate) is a prescription medication used to treat migraine headaches.
Using Frova for MigrainesMigraine headaches are different from other headaches in many ways. Some of the most common migraine symptoms include:
- Headache pain on one side of the head
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Throbbing headache pain
- Upset stomach (nausea) and vomiting
- Unusual vision changes.
Some people may have an aura before their migraines occur. An aura can be any unusual sign that a migraine is about to happen, including vision changes, numbness, tingling, or speech changes. The most common type of an aura is visual (seeing spots, tunnel vision, or other vision changes). Some people have migraine triggers, which can include certain foods, drinks, or situations that seem to lead to a migraine (see Migraine Diet for more information).
Frova is approved for migraines with or without an aura. The drug belongs to a class of migraine medications called 5-HT agonists (more commonly known as "triptans"). During a migraine headache, some of the blood vessels in the head become dilated (wider than they usually are). Frova works by narrowing these blood vessels, helping them return to their normal state. This action helps to relieve the symptoms of a migraine.
Due to the way it works, Frova is not used for migraine prevention. Frova is taken to lessen the pain and other symptoms of a migraine once it starts.