Medications or Foods that may aggravate Migraine headache symptoms
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.
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).
Benzodiazepine withdrawal-Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam)).
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).