Frovatriptan is a prescription medication classified as a triptan, a kind of anti-migraine drugs. It constricts the blood vessels found in the brain to alleviate symptoms of migraine.
Frovatriptan is known as Frova in the United States. It is prescribed to adults who are suffering from headache. It may also be given to women experiencing headaches due to menstruation.
Frovatriptan comes in tablet form. The initial dosage that most physicians prescribe is 2.5 milligrams taken orally as soon as the patient experiences headache. In case the headacle recurs after the patient takes his first dose, the next dosage may be taken a couple of hours after the first dose.
Patients, however, should not take as much as four tablets in a day. However it is discouraged that patients use this medication every day.
Frovatriptan is taken with a glass of water. In case there is no improvement after the second dose, patients should immediately seek the help of a physician or health care expert.
Frovatriptan may also be used in children, although special care is required. Use of the medication among children should be cleared first with a pediatrician.
Frovatriptan can cause side effects such as dizziness, mild headache, a feeling of too cold or warm, stomach pain, and dry mouth. Users may also experience redness under their skin, pain in the joint or bones, or a heavy feeling in any area of their body.
Users may also feel pain or pressure in their throat and neck, experience difficulties in sleeping, runny nose, and sweating.
It is recommended that patients notify their physicians in case any of these less serious side effects worsen or persist.
Frovatripan can cause allergic reaction to its users. Some of the symptoms of allergic reaction are difficulty in breathing, swelling of the face, tongue, lips, and throat, and hives.
Some of the more serious side effects that patients may experience include pain in the chest, painful feeling in the shoulders or arms, sweating, nausea, or a general feeling of being ill.
They may also experience unexplained weakness or numbness on a particular side of the body, as well as sudden confusion and headache. They may also experience difficulties in maintaining balance, speaking, or problems with their eyesight.
Other more serious side effects include irregular heartbeat, stiffness of the muscles, hallucinations, vomiting, diarrhea, and lack of coordination. Patients may also experience sudden pain in the stomach, and numbness of the fingers and toes.
Before taking Frovatriptan, patients should tell their doctors if they are taking drugs such as propranolol, antidepressants like citolapram, escitalopram, fluvoxamine, fluoxetine, paroxetine, venlafaxine, and setraline.
Other medicines that may interfere with Frovatriptan include eletriptan, almotriptan, sumatriptan, zolmitriptan, and rizatriptan.
Patients should also be clear with their medical history before using this medication. Frovatriptan should be used with caution by those who have coronary heart ailment. Individuals who are overweight, have high blood pressure, or older than 40 years should also be cautioned in using Frovatriptan.
Frovatriptan has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of frovatriptan is C14H17N3O
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 6-methylamino-6,7,8,9-tetrahydro-5H-carbazole-3-carboxamide
• Molecular weight is 243.304 g/mol
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