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Which medicines can cause headaches?

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A wide variety of medicines, including birth control pills, heart drugs, and even pain relief medications, can cause headaches. But if your head starts hurting, don't stop your medicine on your own. Always talk to your doctor first so the two of you can figure out what your next step should be. Your doctor may suggest you change your dose or switch to a different drug.

From: Medicines That Can Cause Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FDA: "Learning about Side Effects."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Side Effects."

Mayo Clinic: "Albuterol side effects: Can I avoid them?" "Erectile Dysfunction," "Chronic Daily Headaches."

Harvard Medical School: "Take nitroglycerin to ease and avoid a common heart disease symptom."

British Journal of Pharmacology : "Headache-type adverse effects of NO donors: vasodilation and beyond.

Migraine Trust: "Medication-overuse Headache."

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 30, 2017

SOURCES:

FDA: "Learning about Side Effects."

Epilepsy Foundation: "Side Effects."

Mayo Clinic: "Albuterol side effects: Can I avoid them?" "Erectile Dysfunction," "Chronic Daily Headaches."

Harvard Medical School: "Take nitroglycerin to ease and avoid a common heart disease symptom."

British Journal of Pharmacology : "Headache-type adverse effects of NO donors: vasodilation and beyond.

Migraine Trust: "Medication-overuse Headache."

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on March 30, 2017

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