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'Where Is My Excedrin?'

Headache Sufferers Hang On, With Some Paying Sky-High Prices Online and Others Concocting Their Own Remedies

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Although an over-the-counter medication may be viewed as benign by people, Charles says anyone who has a headache every day should see a doctor to rule out other causes. Overusing headache medicine is common, he says. It can make headaches more frequent.

People who overuse medicine for headaches and then go off it for a time often return to a pattern of occasional headaches rather than daily, he says.

In a 2009 National Health Interview Survey, more than 21% of women polled and 10% of men said they had a migraine or other severe headache in the past three months.


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