If you take the following migraine drugs, avoid all grapefruit products. Recently, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published an updated list including dozens of medications that can have deadly drug interactions when consumed with grapefruit juice or pulp, including many migraine prophylaxis drugs that are often prescribed for patients of chronic headaches.
For 20 years, physicians have known about the potential risk for toxic poisoning when certain medications come into contact with the otherwise healthy citrus fruit. Currently, there are more than 80 pharmaceuticals that carry drug interaction warnings regarding consumption with grapefruit juice products.
Out of 85 grapefruit-drug interactions that produce harmful side effects, 43 are potentially fatal.
And the list is growing. In just four years, the number of medications, including migraine drugs, which can result in death when taken with grapefruit, has more than doubled.
The list includes many medications that are often prescribed for migraine prevention, including antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, heart disease medications, antihistamines, and anticonvulsants.
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If you take the following migraine drugs, then please check ingredient labels for grapefruit, and ask your doctor about the potential for drug overdose.
- Nimodipine (Nimotop), a calcium channel blocker/migraine drug
- Nifedipine (Procardia), calcium channel blocker/migraine drug
- Nisoldipine (Sular), calcium channel blocker/migraine drug
- Ergotamine (Cafergot, Ergomar), vasoconstrictor/migraine drug
- Amitryptiline (Elavil, Endep, Vanatrip), a tricyclic antidepressant/migraine drug
- Sertraline (Zoloft), antidepressant/migraine drug
- Buspirone (Buspar), anti-anxiety/migraine drug
- Simvastatin (Zocor), statin used to prevent stroke, possible migraine drug
- Lovastatin (Mevacor), statin used to prevent stroke, possible migraine drug
- Atorvastatin (Lipitor), statin used to prevent stroke, possible migraine drug
Natural migraine treatment
To prevent dangerous side effects from prescription migraine drugs, health experts recommend incorporating natural alternative medical practices into your daily migraine management routine, as a means of lowering your dependence on migraine drugs, avoiding migraine triggers, or detoxification.
Natural supplements that benefit migraine patients include butterbur root extract, magnesium, riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10.
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