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  1. Tension Headaches - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Headaches: Should I Have Imaging Tests to Find Out What's Causing My Headaches? Headaches: Should I take prescription medicine for tension headaches? Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in ...

  2. Migraine Headaches - What Increases Your Risk

    You may be more likely to get migraines if you: Have a family history of migraines. Are female. Women are 3 times more likely than men to get migraines. Are a teenager or young adult. Migraines often begin during these years. Have depression,anxiety,asthma,or epilepsy. ...

  3. Tension Headaches - Other Treatment

    Using other treatments along with medicines may help you stop a tension headache or prevent one. Talk to your doctor about whether you should try: Biofeedback. This is a relaxation method to help you learn to control a body function that you normally don't control,such as muscle tension. Acupuncture. This involves putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body. ...

  4. Cluster Headaches - Topic Overview

    What are cluster headaches? Cluster headaches are severe headaches on one side of your head that happen in groups,or "clusters." They usually occur over weeks or months. Cluster headaches can be so painful that you are not able to follow your normal routine or do your usual activities. The pain is often called the worst type of headache pain. Cluster headaches come in cycles (also called ...

  5. Butterbur for Migraines - Topic Overview

    Petasites hybridus plant extract, known as butterbur, has been used for years to prevent migraine headaches. Studies show it is effective at reducing the frequency of migraines.1Experts are not sure what causes migraines.Researchers are unclear exactly how butterbur helps to prevent migraines. But some research suggests that it may prevent swelling and relieve pressure on the blood vessels. Another theory is that it may affect calcium channels, which experts also believe may be related to migraines. More research is needed to find out how butterbur helps prevent migraines.Butterbur is available as a supplement (tablet or capsule). It is marketed under the brand name Petadolex. It is important to find butterbur that has been standardized (which means you receive the same amount of active ingredient in every dose) with guaranteed potency. Do not consume butterbur from the plant itself because it has toxic properties, which are removed in the standardized supplement.Some people may

  6. Migraine Headaches - Other Treatment

    Some people find that complementary treatments reduce how many migraines they have or how bad the migraines are. Talk to your doctor about whether you should try: Acupuncture. This involves putting very thin needles into the skin at certain points on the body. Research shows that acupuncture can help prevent some headaches. 1 Biofeedback. This is a way to control a body function-such as ...

  7. Feverfew for Migraines - Topic Overview

    Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is an herb that has been studied a lot for migraine prevention. Some small studies show that it may help prevent migraines in some people. But most experts think the benefits are still unproved.1Feverfew is available as dried leaf powder, tablet, capsule, and tea. If you would like to try feverfew to help prevent your migraine headaches, it is important to find feverfew that has been standardized (which means you receive the same amount of active ingredient in every dose) with guaranteed potency.Side effects of feverfew are usually mild but can include stomach upset and allergic reaction, such as a skin rash. People who chew on the feverfew leaves sometimes develop open sores (ulcers) in the mouth. Feverfew is not recommended for use by young children or by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.Be sure to tell your doctor before you take feverfew. Like any drug, it can interact with other medicines that you are taking or affect your health in ways

  8. Headache Prevention: Posture and Body Mechanics - Topic Overview

    Good posture and the way you move your body can help prevent tension in your neck,shoulders,and upper back muscles. If your headaches seem to be related to tension in this area,be aware of your posture and position during daily activities. This may help prevent headaches. Use good body mechanics all the time,not just when you have a headache or back pain. Keep your back in the neutral ...

  9. Beta-Blockers for Migraine Headaches

    Drug details for Beta-blockers for migraine headaches.

  10. Midrin for Migraines - Topic Overview

    Midrin is a combination of the drugs isometheptene, acetaminophen, and dichloralphenazone. This drug combines properties of a pain reliever, a medicine that helps narrow (constrict) blood vessels, and a mild sedative to help reduce migraine headache pain. Side effects of Midrin can include dizziness and a skin rash.Midrin is a prescription medicine that comes in tablet form. The usual adult dosage is 2 tablets taken together followed by 1 tablet every hour until your pain is relieved. You should not take more than 5 tablets within a 12-hour period. You may not be able to use Midrin if you have glaucoma, renal disease, hypertension, certain heart problems, hepatic disease, or if you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). Before you take this medicine, be sure to discuss with your doctor whether Midrin is right for you.

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