What medications may trigger migraine in children?

Updated: Jan 31, 2018
  • Author: William C Robertson, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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Over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications can trigger or exacerbate migraines. Excessive use of OTC pain medications and analgesics can cause occasional migraine attacks to convert to analgesic-abuse headaches or drug-induced refractory headaches. Drugs that can increase migraine frequency include the following:

  • Cimetidine

  • Estrogen

  • Histamine

  • Hydralazine

  • Nifedipine

  • Nitroglycerin

  • Ranitidine

  • Reserpine


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