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A healthcare provider may prescribe Frova to treat migraine headaches. The medication is not designed to prevent migraines, but it can help to relieve symptoms as they are occurring. Frova works by narrowing blood vessels, which often become dilated during a migraine headache, returning them to their normal state. Possible side effects include fatigue, dizziness, or headaches.

What Is Frova?

Frova® (frovatriptan succinate) is a prescription medication that is used to treat migraine headaches. The medication will not help to prevent migraines, but it can help to treat a migraine that has already started.
(Click Frova Uses for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes It?

Frova is made by Endo Pharmaceuticals.

How Does Frova Work?

Frova is part of 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 migraine symptoms.

Effects of Frova

In studies, 37 to 46 percent of people with migraines had no or mild pain within two hours of taking Frova tablets, compared to only 21 to 27 percent of people who did not take the drug.

When and How to Take It

Some general considerations for when and how to take Frova include the following:
  • The medication should be taken by mouth as soon as possible once a migraine starts.
  • Swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water or other fluids.
  • If your headache comes back or does not go away, your healthcare provider may recommend taking a second dose of Frova after waiting at least two hours after the first dose. Let your healthcare provider know if the medication does not work completely after one dose.
  • For Frova to work properly, you have to take it as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
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