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    What Is the Treatment for Rebound Headaches?

    Usually, headaches will get easier to control when you stop taking the medicine or gradually take lower doses. Your doctor will probably ask you to record your headache symptoms, how often you have them, and how long they last.

    Some people may need to be "detoxified" with closer medical supervision, so it’s important to work with a headache specialist. People who take large doses of sedative hypnotics, sedative-containing combination headache pills, or narcotics such as codeine or oxycodone may need to be in the hospital while they start to come off of the drugs.

    After the first few weeks of the process, you may have more headaches. But eventually, they’ll disappear and go back to how they used to be.

    Can Rebound Headaches Be Prevented?

    You can prevent rebound headaches when you use pain relievers on a limited basis, only when you need them. Do not use them more than once or twice a week unless your doctor tells you to.

    Also, avoid caffeine while you’re taking pain relievers, especially medication that already has caffeine.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on January 17, 2015
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