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    1. Pain Management and Tension Headaches

      WebMD explains tension headaches, including their causes and treatments.

    2. Ways to Treat Your Headaches Without Drugs

      You may find relief from headache pain without using medication.

    3. Migraines, Headaches, and Relationships

      Chronic migraine headaches can seriously disrupt family life. WebMD offers tips for managing hurt feelings and planning for migraine down time.

    4. What Happens During a Migraine?

      Learn what happens during a migraine, including the phases and symptoms of this type of headache.

    5. Alternative Treatments for Migraines and Headaches

      Learn more from WebMD about alternative migraine and headache treatments, such as herbal supplements, biofeedback and acupuncture.

    6. 10 Terms Every Migraine Sufferer Should Know

      WebMD explains 10 common migraine terms. If you have migraines, learning these words may help you better understand and treat your symptoms.

    7. Antidepressants for Migraine Headaches - 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 ...

    8. Antidepressants for Migraine Headaches - Topic Overview

      If your tension headaches are triggered by anxiety, you may be treated with an antianxiety medicine, such as buspirone (BuSpar), to reduce anxiety and the frequency of tension headaches.Antianxiety medicines relieve anxiety and nervousness and have a calming effect. In high doses, they may cause drowsiness and sleep. Buspirone reduces mild anxiety, irritability, fatigue, and pain. It is usually taken daily to relieve symptoms and is not addictive if it is used continuously.Generally, side effects are mild and include: Drowsiness. Low blood pressure. A general lack of interest in things (apathy). Dizziness. Forgetfulness. Antianxiety medicines other than buspirone (such as alprazolam) may be tried, but they can become addictive. Buspirone is not habit-forming and may be used for longer periods of time.

    9. Vertigo: Level 2 (Harder) Balance Exercises - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Headaches: Managing a Headache

    10. Antidepressants for Migraine Headaches - Topic Overview

      Antidepressant medicines, which are usually used to treat depression, can be effective in preventing chronic tension headaches. Antidepressants have some pain-relieving properties and may reduce how often headaches occur and how long they last. Antidepressants are also used to improve sleep problems.Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, are the antidepressants used most often to reduce the frequency or duration of tension headaches. Medicines to prevent tension headaches have not been well studied. The best evidence is for amitriptyline. It has been proven to reduce how often tension headaches occur and how bad they get.1 If you do not respond well to amitriptyline, you may try other tricyclic antidepressants, although they may not work as well to relieve your headache. Side effects of tricyclic antidepressants include:Drowsiness or sleepiness.Dry mouth.Constipation.Blurred vision.Inability to urinate.Weight gain.Low blood pressure when you stand up quickly.Other

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