Efficacy of frovatriptan versus other triptans in the acute treatment of menstrual migraine: Pooled analysis of three double-blind, randomized, crossover, multicenter studies

Gianni Allais, Vincenzo Tullo, Stefano Omboni, Chiara Benedetto, Grazia Sances, Dario Zava, Michel D. Ferrari, Gennaro Bussone

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to review the efficacy and safety of frovatriptan (F) versus rizatriptan (R), zolmitriptan (Z) and almotriptan (A), in women with menstrually related migraine (IHS criteria) through a pooled analysis of three individual studies. Subjects with a history of migraine with or without aura were randomized to F 2.5 mg or R 10 mg (study 1), F or Z 2.5 mg (study 2), and F or A 12.5 mg (study 3). The studies had an identical multicenter, randomized, double-blind, crossover design. After treating three episodes of migraine in no more than 3 months with the first treatment, patients had to switch to the next treatment for other 3 months. 346 subjects formed intention-to-treat population of the main study; 280 of them were of a female gender, 256 had regular menses and 187 were included in the menstrual migraine subgroup analysis. Rate of pain free at 2, 4 and 24 h was 23, 52 and 67 % with F and 30, 61 and 66 % with comparators (P = NS). Pain relief episodes at 2, 4 and 24 h were 37, 60 and 66 % for F and 43, 55 and 61 % for comparators (P = NS). Rate of recurrence was significantly (P

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume33
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

Keywords

  • Almotriptan
  • Frovatriptan
  • Menstrually related migraine
  • Rizatriptan
  • Zolmitriptan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology

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