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  1. Migraine Headaches - Medications

    Two kinds of medicines are used to treat migraines: Medicines to stop a migraine. These are sometimes called abortive medicines. These may be over-the-counter or prescription medicines. If you take the medicine at the first sign you're getting a migraine,you may stop the headache before it starts. Medicines to prevent migraines. These drugs are often called preventive medicines. You get ...

  2. Tension Headaches - Symptoms

    Symptoms of tension headaches include: A constant headache that does not throb or pulse. You usually feel the pain or pressure on both sides of your head. Tightness around your forehead that may feel like a "vise grip." Aching pain at your temples or the back of your head and neck. Unlike migraines,tension headaches usually don't occur with nausea,vomiting,or feeling sensitive to both ...

  3. Tension Headaches - Living With Tension Headaches

    You may have fewer headaches-and less pain when you do get them-if you: Find and avoid triggers for your headaches. Keep a headache diary to find out what triggers your headaches. Take over-the-counter drugs to stop a headache. Take medicine as your doctor advises to stop or prevent a headache. Reduce stress with relaxation and positive-thinking methods. For more information,see: Headaches: ...

  4. Triptans (Serotonin Receptor Agonists) for Migraine Headaches

    Drug details for Triptans (serotonin receptor agonists) for migraine headaches.

  5. Lidocaine for Cluster Headaches - Topic Overview

    Lidocaine is an anesthetic medicine that is most often used to numb an area of the body before a minor surgical procedure. Sometimes,a 4% lidocaine solution is used as nose drops to stop cluster headaches. Lidocaine has a small effect on pain for most people with cluster headaches. But it rarely stops the pain completely. 1 The medicine is placed into the nostril on the same side as the ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Cluster 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? ...

  8. Seizure Medicines for Tension Headaches - Topic Overview

    Seizure medicines are drugs that are used to treat seizures. Seizure medicines are also used to prevent migraine headaches. And they may be used to help prevent tension headaches in some people. There is not good evidence for their use in preventing tension headaches, but your doctor may think that one of these medicines will help you if you have chronic tension headaches:Gabapentin (for example, Neurontin)Topiramate (Topamax)Valproate (for example, Depakene)Side effects of topiramate can include: Fatigue.A prickling or tingling sensation in the hands and feet.Lack of coordination.Loss of appetite and weight loss.Inability to concentrate or speak clearly.Gabapentin is a well-tolerated drug that usually causes only mild side effects. These often go away within 1 to 2 weeks and include:Dizziness.Drowsiness and fatigue.Headache.Weight gain.Foot swelling.Side effects of valproate can include: Fatigue.Nausea.Tremor or shakiness.Hair loss.Weight gain.Headache pain that is different than

  9. Cluster Headaches - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about cluster headaches: What are cluster headaches? Who is affected by cluster headaches? Are there different types of cluster headaches? What other conditions are like cluster headaches? Being diagnosed: What will happen during a physical exam for my headaches? Do I need imaging tests to evaluate my headaches? Will I need other tests to evaluate my headaches? Getting treatment: What ...

  10. Cluster Headaches: Conditions With Similar Symptoms - Topic Overview

    Generally,headaches have many causes,including tension or changes to blood vessels (vascular changes). But only a few other conditions have symptoms that are similar to cluster headaches,such as: Migraine headaches,which cause one-sided pain in the head,face,and neck. But while migraine pain starts on one side of the head,it may spread to the entire head-something a cluster headache ...

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