Compare Frova vs. Maxalt

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

Frova (frovatriptan)

Prescription only

Maxalt (Rizatriptan)

Prescription only
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.

Maxalt (Rizatriptan) is great for relieving short migraines, but doesn't work as well for long-lasting headaches.

3.8/ 5 average rating with 26 reviewsforMaxalt
Upsides
  • 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.
  • Triptans like Maxalt (Rizatriptan) are considered the first-choice treatment to relieve moderate to severe migraine-type headaches.
  • It can also be used to treat tension-type headaches.
  • Not all triptans work the same way for people, so you can try multiple ones to find the right medication for you.
  • You don't need to drink water with the orally disintegrating tablet for it to work, so this could be a good medication for people who can't keep water down when they have a migraine.
Downsides
  • 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.
  • Maxalt (Rizatriptan) doesn’t prevent migraines or tension headaches, but only works once the headache starts.
  • It can cause rebound headaches if it’s used too often.
  • You need to wait at least 2 hours after your first dose to take a second dose.
  • May not be the best choice if you have long, drawn-out headaches. Ask your doctor about other triptans that can last longer than Maxalt (Rizatriptan).
  • Not a good choice if you have heart disease or if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Pill
  • Dissolving tablet
Price
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Reviews
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26 reviews so far
81%
saidit'sworth it
62%
saiditworked well
19%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    8%
  • Fatigue
    5%
  • Headache
    4%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    4%
  • Flushing
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Hot or cold sensation
    3%
  • Muscle pain
    3%
  • Indigestion
    2%
  • Chest pain
    2%
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The Maxalt (Rizatriptan) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Heart attack
    • Heart disease
    • history of chest pain/angina
    • uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Stroke
    • History of a stroke
  • Medication overuse headache
    • Using Frova (frovatriptan) for more than 2 to 3 days a week or 10 days a month
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Tricyclic antidepressants
    • Fentanyl
    • Tramadol
    • Buspirone
    • ADHD medicines
    • Triptans
  • Increased blood pressure
    • Uncontrolled high blood pressure
  • Blood vessel issues
    • High blood pressure
    • history of stroke or heart attack
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  • Tightening of blood vessels (myocardial angina, ischemia, or infarction)
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Being overweight or obese
    • Smoking
  • Stroke
    • History of heart problems
    • High blood pressure
    • High cholesterol
    • Diabetes
    • Being overweight or obese
    • Smoking
  • Stomach bleeding
  • Serotonin syndrome
    • Patients taking SSRIs and SNRIs
  • High blood pressure
    • History of high blood pressure
  • Seizures
    • History of seizures
  • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
    • Phenylketonuria (PKU)
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