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Frova

  • By sarahpudwill

    I can’t begin to describe what Frova has meant to me and my family. I have suffered with migraines since I was 3 years old and I have tried a large volume of drugs both preventative and abortive and it wasn’t until I went to a pain clinic 6 years ago that I discovered Frova. Frova is the first drug that stopped a migraine it its tracks and gave me my life back. I have on average 2 migraines a week. These migraines cause me to be bedridden. I couldn’t hold a full time job before Frova because of the amount of sick days. Now if I feel a migraine starting I take Frova and go on with my day. Now my awful insurance company is fighting me on Frova because of the cost. They are trying to claim that the generic Imitrex is the same drug. It is NOT, they do not work on the same 5-HT receptors. I really need some scientific help fighting my stupid insurance company to show that my body does not respond to Imitrex. If they take away Frova I will be laying at home applying for SS support instead of working.

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  • By Ellen Schnakenberg

    SARAHPUDWILL – Frova is the most long acting of the triptans, which may also make a difference for you. I wish I had better things to tell you to say to your insurance company, but we went through the same trouble with my daughter who survived only because of the Frova.

    Have you talked to your doctor about this problem? There are coupons (some here) for triptans such as Frova that might be helpful. Also, some patients get similar results by using another triptan and an NSAID to help with inflammation. I’m not saying it will work for you, but if you’ve not yet tried it, it might be worth a discussion at least.

    As far as help for your insurance company that the imitrex isn’t working for you, a letter from your doctor should be sufficient. Encouraging him/her to word it strongly may also be helpful. Insurance companies cover cheap drugs that aren’t even approved for Migraine. They are not your doctor and I don’t think they should have the right to decide your treatment – that’s between you and your physician. However, they can refuse to cover specific meds and I’m not sure there’s a whole lot you can do about it.

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