Medications Induced Headaches

Headaches associated with medications

In a patient who is often troubled by headaches, a careful study of his or her medication history is important. For example, it is now well known that aspirin as well as many other medications such as painkillers, hormonal agents, diet pills and decongestants can actually trigger headaches to occur. In addition, suddenly withdrawing medications may lead to “withdrawal headaches” or “rebound headaches”.

Other drug categories also associated with headaches in nonsufferers include antibiotics, anti-ulcer and high blood pressure drugs and antihistamines.

Commonly used medications that are associated with headaches include:

  • atenolol
  • benoxaprofen
  • captopril
  • cimetidine
  • diclofenac
  • glycerl trinitrate
  • indomethacin
  • isosorbide dinitrite
  • isotretinoin
  • methyldopa
  • metoprolol
  • netronidazole
  • nifedipine
  • nitroglycerin
  • piroxicam
  • propranolol
  • ranitidine
  • terfenadine
  • trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole
  • verapamil
  • zimeldine
  • zomepirac