Contraindication is a circumstance under which a medication or treatment should not be used or could be harmful.
- 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.
Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.