Often, if you stop taking the medicine or take a smaller
dose, your headache will go away. If you suspect your headache is caused by a
prescription medicine, talk with your health professional about your side
effects. Do not stop taking the medicine until you have spoken with your health
Many everyday things can trigger (cause) a migraine headache. Depending on your sensitivity, it might be red wine, caffeine withdrawal, emotional stress, or skipped meals.
To take control of migraines, you must understand your migraine pattern. The first step is tracking your migraines by using a headache diary. Make notes of activities before -- or when -- a migraine occurred. What were you eating? What were you doing? How much sleep did you get the night before? Did anything stressful or important...
Think about whether nonprescription medicines, alcohol,
or caffeine are causing your headache. Try limiting the use of these to see if
your headache goes away. Use caution with alternative therapies. Some
alternative therapies may cause headaches. Talk to your health professional
about any alternative therapies you are using.
Rebound headache is a type of chronic headache that
can result from overuse of pain medicines. This is often a problem for people
who have frequent, severe headaches. A pain medicine may work for a limited
period of time, but as the effect wears off, the headache returns, often worse
than it was before. The person then takes more pain medicine, the effects again
wear off, and the headache returns (rebound headache). Medicines that can cause
rebound headaches include:
Nonprescription medicines, such as acetaminophen,
aspirin, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs