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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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

  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. Headaches: Managing a Headache

    Managing a headache may reduce its severity and prevent it from coming back. There are many ways to manage your headaches. Identify and avoid triggers that cause your headaches.Avoid taking nonprescription pain relievers more than 3 times a week because you may get rebound headaches. Rebound headaches are usually triggered once pain medicine has worn off, prompting you to take another dose. ...

  5. Tension Headache Triggers - Topic Overview

    The most common triggers for tension headaches are physical and emotional stress. Sometimes stress is caused by conditions such as anxiety and depression. If you think you may have anxiety or depression,talk with your doctor. If you treat these conditions,you may get tension headaches less often. If you have tension headaches,ask yourself if you are: Having conflicts within your family or ...

  6. Calcium Channel Blockers for Migraine Headaches

    Drug details for Calcium channel blockers for migraine headaches.

  7. Tension Headaches - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services if: You have a sudden,severe headache that is different from past headaches. You have symptoms of a stroke,such as: Sudden numbness,paralysis,or weakness in your face,arm,or leg,especially on only one side of your body. New problems with walking or balance. Sudden vision changes. New problems speaking or understanding simple statements,or feeling ...

  8. 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.

  9. Tension Headaches - Cause

    The cause of tension headaches is not clear. In the past,doctors believed that tension or spasms of the muscles of the neck,face,jaw,head,or scalp played a role in causing these headaches. Now they think a change in brain chemistry may also help cause a tension headache. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. They can be brought on-or triggered -by things such as stress ...

  10. Corticosteroids for Cluster Headaches - Topic Overview

    Corticosteroids (such as prednisone or dexamethasone) are referred to as "transitional" medicines for the treatment of cluster headaches because they are sometimes used to break a cycle of cluster headaches. They are paired with medicines that stop (abortive) or prevent (prophylactic) additional headaches during a headache cycle. Often,within 2 to 4 days after starting treatment with ...

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