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Pilot Study to Compare Frovatriptan vs. Topiramate for Prevention of Migraine

Information source: Cady, Roger, M.D.
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 23, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Migraine

Intervention: topiramate (Drug); frovatriptan (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Clinvest

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Roger K Cady, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Clinvest


Subjects enrolled at 2 investigative sites will complete 3 visits. Following Visit 1, during a 1-month Baseline Period, subjects will treat with their usual medication and document any warning signs (Prodrome pre-headache) that a migraine will occur. Following randomization (like a flip of the coin) at Visit 2, subjects will treat daily with topiramate or during Prodrome with frovatriptan. Subjects complete a 2-month Treatment Period before exit at Visit 3. This study will compare the effectiveness of daily treatment vs. treatment during the pre-headache phase for prevention of migraine.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Randomized, Single-Blind Pilot Study to Compare the Efficacy and Cost-Effectiveness of Frovatriptan vs. Topiramate for the Prevention of Migraine

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Investigator), Primary Purpose: Prevention

Primary outcome:

Number of Migraine Attacks in Participants Using Frovatriptan in a Preemptive Treatment Paradigm vs. Daily Topiramate

Number of Headache Days Reported by Participants Using Frovatriptan in a Preemptive Treatment Paradigm vs. Daily Topiramate to Prevent Migraine

Secondary outcome:

Number of Headache Days Each Month Following Initiation of Treatment With Study Medication

Participants With Greater Than 50% Reduction in Migraine Attacks and Headache Days Per Month Utilizing Each Treatment Paradigm

Quality of Life in Subjects Utilizing Each Treatment Paradigm

Participant Satisfaction With Study Medications

Adverse Events Associated With Study Medications

Cost of Frovatriptan vs. Topiramate as Preventive Treatment of Migraine


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


INCLUSION CRITERIA 1. Subject has at least a one-year history of migraine with or without aura meeting International Headache Society criteria (see Appendix) 2. Subject has a 3-month history of averaging 3-6 migraines per month 3. Subject reports premonitory symptoms and the ability to predict at least 50% of high impact headaches 4. Subjects must currently or have in the past successfully utilized a triptan as an acute treatment for migraine as determined by the investigator. 5. Male or female at least 18 years of age 6. Subject of childbearing potential agrees to use adequate contraception during the study. Adequate methods of contraception are to be determined by the investigator and should be consistent with contraceptive care administered in the regular clinical use of frovatriptan and topiramate. 7. Subject is aware of prodrome symptoms that may include physiological, psychological or cognitive changes. These may include, but are not limited to such symptoms as Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS), change in mood, energy level, appetite, food craving, nausea, sense of hearing, sense of smell or swelling/fluid retention, excessive yawning, head pain, muscle pain/tenderness, irritability, confusion, extreme sleepiness, impaired speech or impaired memory. (The subject should be able to differentiate these symptoms from other similar symptoms that do not precede migraine). The symptoms should precede migraine by 4-24 hours signaling an impending migraine attack. 8. Subject is able to understand instructions for the study and complete the diary 9. Subject is willing to give informed consent to participate in the study 10. Any migraine prophylactic medication must have a stabilized dosage for one month EXCLUSION CRITERIA 1. History of any medical condition that would confound the results of the study including but not limited to the following:

- Hepatic disease or significant hepatic dysfunction

- History of pancreatitis

- History of thrombocytopenia

- History of glaucoma

- History of osteoporosis or osteopenia

- Cardiovascular Disease - Coronary artery disease, Ischemic heart disease or

Significant Arrhythmia

- History of active Cerebrovascular Disease

- Hypertension - Uncontrolled hypertension in a non-migrainous state (> 160 mmHg

systolic or >95 mmHg. diastolic). Hypertension must be controlled effectively with medication for a period of 3 months.

- Basilar or Hemiplegic Migraine

- Significant peripheral vascular disease or Raynaud's Syndrome

- Significant Active Renal, Hepatic, Gastrointestinal, Endocrine or

- Neurological Disease

- History of depression, mood problems or suicidal thoughts or behavior that in

the opinion of the Investigator would interfere with participation in the study. 2. History of ergotamine, "triptan", or analgesic abuse within past 3 months 3. History of current or recent drug or alcohol abuse that would interfere with participation in the study. 4. More than 15 headache days per month within past 3 months. 5. Women who are pregnant or breast feeding 6. Subjects with known hypersensitivity or intolerance to topiramate or any triptan-like medication 7. Subject is scheduled for surgical procedure to occur while enrolled in study. that in opinion of the Investigator would interfere with participation in the study. 8. Subject is on a ketogenic diet 9. Participation in another investigative drug study within the previous 30 days 10. Excluded medications: MAO Inhibitors, lithium, methylergonovine, methysergide, ergotamine-containing products, or topiramate daily for migraine prophylaxis.

Locations and Contacts

Physician Associates LLC, Oviedo, Florida 32765, United States

Clinvest, Springfield, Missouri 65807, United States

Additional Information

Related publications:

Luciani R, Carter D, Mannix L, Hemphill M, Diamond M, Cady R. Prevention of migraine during prodrome with naratriptan. Cephalalgia. 2000 Mar;20(2):122-6.

Starting date: August 2009
Last updated: January 11, 2012

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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