This study will examine the combined effects of a continuous oral contraceptive (OC) regimen
with supplemental frovatriptan therapy on headache severity and occurrence in subjects with
documented Menstrually Associated Migraines (MAM). The subjects enrolling in the study will
have cyclic menses either due to spontaneous ovulation or use of cyclic hormonal
contraception (pill, patch, or ring). Enrolled subjects will start a continuous OC regimen
following two baseline menstrual cycles. If breakthrough bleeding/spotting (BTB/BTS)
occurs, the subject will institute a 4-day hormone-free interval (HFI). In an attempt to
prevent/lessen the severity of headache during the HFI, subjects will be randomized to
prophylactic administration of a triptan or placebo during this period. If no BTB/BTS
occurs after 80 days of continuous pills, the subject will institute a 4-day HFI during
which they will be randomized into triptan or placebo groups.
The purpose of this research study is to examine the effects of continuous oral
contraceptive pills and frovatriptan on headaches that occur around the time of your period.
Many woman take continuous oral contraceptive pills (OC) and when OCs are stopped they
may get headaches. This study will look if taking frovatriptan around the time of the period
will affect the headache, and how it will be affected. Frovatriptan is an FDA approved drug
for migraine headaches.
This study is a prospective pilot trial.The study will last approximately 35-39 weeks.
- Woman may be on birth control pill (OC), patch or NuvaringTM (vaginal ring) taken in
the traditional 21/7 or 24/4 manner, which means ever month they have a period. If
they are taking it continuously (without a period), you must be willing to take your
birth control 24/4 (4 days taking hormone free interval, HFI) for 2 months.
- If you are not on OCs, patch or NuvaringTM you must have a period every 21-40 days.
- You must not want to get pregnant for 12 months.
- Women have headaches around the time of their period.
- BMI > 38
- If you smoke and are age 35 years old or greater or if are under 35 years old and
smoke over 10 cigarettes a day
- If you have or had an aura with your headaches (An aura is a temporary sensation,
like bright lights that come before you experience the headache.)
- Headaches are not occurring during the time of your period.
- Blood Pressure > 140/90 or you take more than a single antihypertensive medication
(excluding diuretics) and are age 40 or greater.
- Contraindications to combination estrogen/progestin hormonal contraception.
- Desire to become pregnant in the next 12 months.
- Refuse to avoid any ergot-based medication, triptan medication or
isometheptene/midrin during their hormone free interval or the one day before the
hormone free interval
- Breast Cancer
- Blood clots in your legs, lung or anywhere else in your body
- Diabetes mellitus
- Heart attack
- Liver disease
- Lupus Erythematosus