by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

Contraindication is a circumstance under which a medication or treatment should not be used or could be harmful.

Some examples:

  • Triptans such as Imitrex, Maxalt, Zomig, etc. are contraindicated for people who have had a heart attack.
  • Feverfew is contraindicated for women who are or could become pregnant because it can cause miscarriage.

You can read more about contraindications of specific medications in our medication profiles.


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Last updated November 20, 2009

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