Frova and Cholesterol?

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    Frova and Cholesterol

    Why is cholesterol a risk factor when taking Frova? I have been taking Frova 15-20 times a month for about 3 years now, and a recent ultrasound showed 50-59% block in left carotid artery. Back in '05 my carotid artery ultrasound was perfect. Since taking Frova for 3 years, now there's a problem so I'm wondering if too much Frova actually caused the carotid block. I'm only 54! No one seems to have an answer! Lorraine.

     

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    Dear Lorraqine;

     

    No, Frova and the other triptans cannot cause a blockage.

     

    The warning in the prescribing information for Frova actually reads:

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    "It is strongly recommended that frovatriptan not be given to patients in whom unrecognized CAD (coronary artery disease) is predicted by the presence of risk factors (e.g. hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, smoker, obesity, diabetes, strong family history of CAD, female with surgical or physiological menopause, or male over 40 years of age) unless a cardiovascular evaluation provides satisfactory clinical evidence that the patient is reasonably free or coronary artery and ischemic myocardial disease or other underlying significant cardiovascular disease."

    In other words, it's recommended that Frova not be prescribed for patients with risk factors for cardiovascular disease, and high cholesterol is one of those risk factors.

     

    If your doctor couldn't answer this question with the answer readily available in the prescribing information for Frova, perhaps you should consider a new doctor.

     

    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

     

     

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Published On: September 16, 2008