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  1. Understanding Migraines -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    Learn about the treatment options for migraine headaches, including information about how they are diagnosed.

  2. Drugs to Prevent Tension Headaches

    Here is a list of antidepressants used to treat tension headaches.

  3. Tension Headaches - Medications

    Your doctor may recommend medicine to treat or prevent tension headaches. You might only need to take an over-the-counter medicine for pain. These medicines usually have fewer side effects than prescription drugs. Over-the-counter drugs to stop headaches Over-the-counter medicines that you can use to stop a headache include: Aspirin. Ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin). Naproxen (such as ...

  4. Tension Headaches - Exams and Tests

    Finding out the type of headache you have A doctor can usually diagnose tension headaches by asking you questions about your health and lifestyle and by examining you. It can be hard to know which type of headache you have,because different types can have the same symptoms. But the treatments may be different,so it's important to find out which type you have. Your doctor may diagnose tension ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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? ...

  7. Migraine Headaches - Symptoms

    The most common symptom of a migraine headache is a throbbing pain on one side of your head. You also may have other symptoms before,during,and after a migraine. Different people have different symptoms. Symptoms before the migraine begins A day or two before a migraine starts,you may feel: Depressed or cranky. Very happy,very awake,or full of energy. Restless or nervous. Very sleepy. ...

  8. Antianxiety Medicines for Tension 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. 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 ...

  10. Headaches: Finding and Avoiding Triggers

    By identifying and avoiding tension headache triggers, you can help reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches. While some triggers may be out of your control, others are easily avoidable. The following points can help you prevent a tension headache: Keep a headache diary to identify your tension headache triggers.Manage stress.Seek treatment for any underlying depression or anxiety. ...

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