Medications or Foods that may aggravate Migraine headache symptoms

Certain durgs

Antihypertensive drugs-such as Reserpine (Ser-ap-Es, Hydropres),

Hydralazine (Apresoline), and Nifedipine (Caalan).

Birth control pills (Orthonovum, Alesse), patch, and intramuscular contraceptives (Depo-Provera) and estrogens (Estrace, Estradiol) for replacement therapy.

Coronary vasodilators for angina-Nitroglycerin, Nitrates.

Antacids-Cimetidine (Tagamet).

Decongestant overuse-pseudoephedrine (Advil sinus, Dristan)

Analgesic overuse-Excedrin, Tylenol, Advil, ibuprofen

SSRIS-Selective Serotonin Receptor Inhibitors-for treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorder-Prozac (Fluoxetine)), Paxil (Paroxetine), Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro (escitalopram), Zoloft (sertraline).

Bronchodilators-Theophylline, Aminophylline.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal-Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam)).

Certain foods

Aged Cheese-cheddar, Brie, Camembert, Gruyere, Stilton (tyramine)

Bananas, figs, and raisins

Beer, wine (especially red wines), champagnes, vermouth, hard liquor

Dairy products such as ice cream, milk, yogurt, whipped and sour cream

Fermented and pickled foods such as pickled herring

Most citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, and lemons (Octopamine)

Nuts, peanuts, peanut butter

Soya products, vinegar

Pods of broad beans-lima, navy, pea pods

Yeast containing products such as fresh breads, sourdough, and donuts

Avocados, Anchovies, Onions, and Sauerkraut

Pork, Pizza, chicken livers



Caffeine in coffee, tea, and colas, and over the counter medications such as Excedrin and BC Powder,

MSG (Monosodium glutamate) which is found in Chinese food, Accent seasoning, Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, canned soups, snack chips, some processed meats and nuts, and TV dinners.

Saccharin or aspartame found in diet sodas, drinks, and foods.

Sulfites found in shrimp and processed potatoes, store bought potato mix.

Benzoic acid which is a food preservative.

Nitrates used as a preservative in bologna, salami, pepperoni, and hotdogs. 

Aspartame, a table top sweetener, used in foods and drinks (NutraSweet).