Meds and Migraines


"Can ADHD or stimulant medication be the cause of my migraine headaches?"

Dr. Larry Silver specializes in treating children with attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

I don't know of any literature that directly links headaches to ADHD. But ADHD can increase stress, and stress can cause headaches. Keep track of when your headaches occur, and make sure that your symptoms are covered by medication at times when stress is likely. Headaches can also be a side effect of stimulants. Ask your doctor about stopping your medication for a period of time. If the headaches go away, consider switching to a non-stimulant.

Larry Silver, M.D., is clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and director of training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is a former acting director and deputy director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as the author of Dr. Larry Silver's Advice to Parents on AD/HD and The Misunderstood Child: Understanding and Coping with Your Child's Learning Disabilities.
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