Compare Frova vs. ergotamine

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Frova
(frovatriptan)

Ergomar
(ergotamine)

Treats migraine headaches. Triptans are the first-choice to treat migraines. Frova (frovatriptan) works just as well as other triptans for migraines, but doesn't work for other types of headaches like cluster headaches.Treats migraine headaches. Ergomar (ergotamine) has more side effects than other medicines used to treat migraines.
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Side effects
Frovaergotamine
  • Dizziness 3%
  • Fatigue 3%
  • Headache 1%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation 2%
  • Flushing 2%
  • Dry mouth 2%
  • Hot or cold sensation 1%
  • Muscle pain 1%
  • Indigestion 1%
  • Chest pain 1%
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The ergotamine FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.

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How it works
Frovaergotamine
Frova (frovatriptan) is a triptan. It prevents the opening of blood vessels in your brain, which causes migraines.Ergomar (ergotamine) is an ergot alkaloid. It tightens the blood vessels in your brain to relieve the pain of your headaches.
Type of medication
Frovaergotamine
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
Frovaergotamine
  • Pill
  • Dissolving pill
Used for
Frovaergotamine
Risk factors for serious side effects
Frovaergotamine
  • Heart disease
  • history of chest pain/angina
  • uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • History of a stroke
  • Using Frova (frovatriptan) for more than 2 to 3 days a week or 10 days a month
Detailed Frova (frovatriptan) risks & warnings »
  • Macrolide antibiotics
  • Protease inhibitors
  • Taking Ergomar (ergotamine) more than the recommended amount daily or weekly
  • Taking Ergomar (ergotamine) regularly for months
Detailed Ergomar (ergotamine) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with real people or animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. If you’re pregnant, the risks to your unborn baby outweigh the benefits.

Sleep
Frovaergotamine
  • Frova (frovatriptan) can make you dizzy or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
No sleep related info.
Upsides and benefits
Frovaergotamine
  • Frova (frovatriptan) is available in generic.
  • Unlike other similar medicines, you can take up to 3 tablets of Frova (frovatriptan) every 24 hours.
  • Frova (frovatriptan) is first choice of medicines for treatment of migraine headaches.
  • Ergomar (ergotamine) works better than other medicines if your migraines last more than 2 days or if you have more frequent migraines.
Downsides and risks
Frovaergotamine
  • Available as an oral tablet only, which may be difficult to swallow during bad migraine attack.
  • Doesn't prevent migraines.
  • Doesn't work for other types of headaches like cluster headaches.
  • Not recommended for children under 18 years old.
  • Harmful to the fetus so avoid if you're pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
  • Doesn't prevent migraines from happening. It can only relieve them.
  • Excessive use can be dangerous and result in rebound headaches. Talk to your doctor if your headaches are worse and occurring more frequently.
  • May not be right for you if you have high blood pressure or had a heart attack.
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
Frovaergotamine
  • Doesn't prevent migraines.
  • Use as soon as you feel a migraine starting. You can take another dose 2 hours later, but don't take more than 3 tablets in 24 hours.
  • Don't use it excessively since it can cause you to have more headaches. Talk to your doctor if you are having more than 4 migraines in a month.
  • Frova (frovatriptan) can make you dizzy or sleepy. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to it.
  • Frova (frovatriptan) can cause nausea or tightness in the chest or throat. Talk to your doctor if it bothers you.
  • Avoid if you're pregnant or think you may be pregnant since it can harm the fetus.
  • Take as soon as you feel the migraine coming on.
  • You may be more sensitive to cold since Ergomar (ergotamine) affects the circulation of your blood. Dress warmly.
  • Don't use Ergomar (ergotamine) excessively. The most you can take is 3 tablets per day or 5 tablets per week.
  • Don't use with triptans if you're taking Ergomar (ergotamine).
  • Talk to your doctor if you have heart disease or blood vessel problems before starting Ergomar (ergotamine).
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