Medications and Food that may aggravate migraine

Antihypertensive drugs-such as Reserpine (Brand name- Ser-ap-Es, Hydropres), Hydralazine (brand name-Apresoline), and Nifedipine (Brand name-Caalan), Oral pill (such as Brand name-Orthonovum, Alesse), patch, and intramuscular contraceptives (Depoprovera) and estrogens (Estrace, Estradiol) for replacement therapy, Coronary vasodilators for angina-Nitroglycerin, Nitrates, Antacids-Cimetidine (Brand name-Tagamet), Decongestant overuse-pseudoephedrine (Brand name-Advil sinus, Dristan), SSRIS-Selective Serotonin Receptor Inhibitors-for treatment of Depression, Anxiety and Panic Disorder-Fluoxetine (Brand name-Prozac), Paroxetine (Brand name-Paxil), Bronchodilators-Theophylline, Aminophylline, Benzodiazepine withdrawal-Xanax (Alprazolam), Valium (diazepam), Ativan, (lorazepam).

Regarding the foods listed below most migraine patients may have 1 or 2 foods that aggravate their migraine.  The thing to do is analyze the food you've eaten before a migraine occurs and see if you can see a consistent relationship.  When you've done this, then avoid that food.

Aged Cheese-cheddar, Brie, Camembert, Gruyere, Stilton (tyramine),Bananas, figs, and raisins, Beer, wine (especially red wines), champagnes, vermouth, hard liquor, airy 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, Chocolate, 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).