I have used Frova for years. It supposedly lasts longer than Imitrex, or other such types of meds, and so is a better option for those of us that have CDH. I had a "prior approval" from my neurologist that allowed me to get 30 a month vs. the normal nine a month the insurance company normally allows. I was able to take one almost every morning to try to stay on top of the pain, vs allowing the pain to get worse throughout the day. It was really the only triptan that worked for me, and I think I sampled them all over the years. Even the Imitrex Injections seemed to stop doing me any good.
I found that, for my CDH, it helped a lot to be able to take something first think in the morning. Being proactive instead of reactive didn't take the pain away, but helped to manage the pain better.
You can get with your insurance company to see if they allow "prior authorizations" and this will allow you to get more meds per months for the same co-pay - with the help of your doctor.
Hope this helps.
Look into "prior authorizations" with your insurance company. This will allow you to get 30 a month for the same co-pay. Your insurance company will fax a form to your doctor who will have to explain why youu need more than twelve a month (your lucky to get twelve, I only get four). If you have a CDH you doctor should have no problem doing this for you, it is common practice. Once approved, the "prior authorization" last for one year. You can update every year. This will ensure you can be proactive with taking the Frova and have a lot more pain free days. Twelve doesn't last very long when you sometimes have to take two a day.
Just call the customer service # on the back of your insurance card and ask if this is allowed for Frova. When they say yes, ask them to fax the appropriate paperwork to your doctor. Follow up with the nurse at your doctor's office to let them know what you are needing and there should be no problem. It takes a few weeks for everything to be put into place.
I am now on a different medication, but I did this for four years. I was able to get 30 Frova a month for a $10 co-pay.
I hope this is helpfull information.