Misdiagnosis of Medication Causes of Headache


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About medication causes: Another misdiagnosis possibility is that a particular medication or substance may be the real cause of the disease. Certain medications, chemicals, toxins or substances may possibly be underlying causes of Headache. Side effects of medications, or exposure to toxins, chemicals, or other substances may cause a symptom or condition. Hence, they become possible underlying causes of Headache but are often misdiagnosed or overlooked as a cause. For a general overview of this misdiagnosis issue, see Medication Underlying Cause Misdiagnosis.

Medication causes list: The list of possible medications or substances mentioned in sources as possibly causing Headache includes:

  • Amphetamines - these can cause headaches
  • Caffeine - headaches from withdrawal of caffeine
  • Ergotamine tartrate - can cause headaches when getting off this anti-migraine medication.
  • Sodium nitrite - a food additive in hots dogs and processed meats.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) - a food additive that can cause headaches, common in Chinese food.

Toxic causes list: The list of possible chemicals or toxic substances mentioned in sources as possibly causing Headache includes:

  • Alcohol
  • Insecticides
  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Benzene
  • Turpentine
  • Spray adhesives
  • Rubber cement
  • Dynamite
  • Inks

Last revision: Nov 3, 2003

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