FROVATRIPTAN is used to treat migraines with or without aura. An aura is a strange feeling or visual disturbance that warns you of an attack. It is not used to prevent migraines. Compare triptans.

Frova Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Only take this medicine for a migraine headache. Take it if you get warning symptoms or at the start of a migraine attack. It is not for regular use to prevent migraine attacks.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. To reduce dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol can increase drowsiness, dizziness and flushing. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Smoking cigarettes may increase the risk of heart-related side effects from using this medicine.

If you take migraine medicines for 10 or more days a month, your migraines may get worse. Keep a diary of headache days and medicine use. Contact your healthcare professional if your migraine attacks occur more frequently.


Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

Less common

Changes in vision

chest pain

fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse

increased sweating

Incidence not known

Abdominal or stomach pain


bloody diarrhea

cold fingers or toes




difficulty swallowing




headache, sudden, severe, and continuing

large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs

numbness or tingling of the fingers or toes

overactive reflexes

pain spreading to the left shoulder

paleness or cold feeling in the fingertips and toes

poor coordination

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue



skin rash, hives, or itching skin

talking or acting with excitement you cannot control

tightness in the chest, throat, neck, and jaw

tingling or pain in the fingers or toes when exposed to cold

trembling or shaking


unusual tiredness or weakness

weakness in the legs

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Less common

Acid or sour stomach


bone pain

continuing ringing or buzzing or other unexplained noise in the ears

dry mouth

feeling of warmth

hearing loss


hot or cold sensation


pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones

redness of the face, neck, arms, and occasionally upper chest

stomach discomfort or upset

stuffy or runny nose

trouble sleeping

Incidence not known


Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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