Frovatriptan is effective and well tolerated in Korean migraineurs: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial

Heui Soo Moon, Min Kyung Chu, Jeong Wook Park, Kyungmi Oh, Jae Myun Chung, Yong Jin Cho, Eung Gyu Kim, Jin Kuk Do, Hyong Gi Jung, Sun Uck Kwon

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Abstract

Background and Purpose Frovatriptan is a selective 5-HT1B/1D agonist with a long duration of action and a low incidence of side effects. Although several placebo-controlled trials have documented the clinical efficacy and safety of frovatriptan in adults with migraine, this drug has not previously been studied in Asian including Korean patients. Methods In this double-blind multicenter trial, 229 patients with migraine were randomized to receive frovatriptan 2.5 mg or placebo upon the occurrence of a moderate-to-severe migraine. The primary outcome was the 2-hour headache response rate. Results Frovatriptan significantly increased the 2-hour headache response rate compared with placebo (52.9% vs. 34.0%, p=0.004). The headache response rates at 4, 6, and 12 hours were significantly higher in the frovatriptan group than in the placebo group, as was the pain-free rate at 2 hours (19.0% vs. 5.7%, p=0.004), 4 hours (40.7% vs. 23.0%, p=0.006), and 6 hours (56.1% vs. 34.0%, p=0.002). The median time to a headache response was significantly shorter in the frovatriptan group than in the placebo group (2.00 hours vs. 3.50 hours, p<0.001). The use of rescue medications was more common in the placebo group (p=0.005). Chest tightness associated with triptan was infrequent (2.5%), mild, and transient. Conclusions These results demonstrate that 2.5-mg frovatriptan is effective and well tolerated in Korean migraineurs for acute treatment of migraine attacks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Neurology (Korea)
Volume6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Frovatriptan
  • Korean
  • Migraine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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    Moon, H. S., Chu, M. K., Park, J. W., Oh, K., Chung, J. M., Cho, Y. J., Kim, E. G., Do, J. K., Jung, H. G., & Kwon, S. U. (2010). Frovatriptan is effective and well tolerated in Korean migraineurs: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Neurology (Korea), 6(1), 27-32.