Carry your medicine
with you so you can treat a headache right away
when you feel one starting. This is especially important
if you get migraines.
over-the-counter pain relievers more than 3 times a
week, because you may get
rebound headaches. These
headaches usually occur after pain medicine has worn off.
This prompts you to take another dose. After a while, you
get a headache whenever you stop taking the medicine.
that cause the fewest side effects, such as
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (for
example, aspirin and ibuprofen).
regularly, eat well, and reduce stress.
with your doctor to find the best treatment for your headaches.
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Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Andrew Swan, MD, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Current as of
March 12, 2014
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March 12, 2014
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