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How can using pain medications trigger migraines?

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Don't take pain meds for more than three or four days. Over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or a combination of acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine (Excedrin Migraine), can sometimes help ease migraine headaches. It's best to take one of these as soon as you feel a migraine coming on. But using them for more than a few days in a row can lead to "rebound headaches." Your body starts expecting the pain medication, and migraines can happen if you don't have it in your system.

From: What Not to Do If You Get Migraines WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

American Family Physician: "Migraine Headaches: How to Deal With the Pain."

Spigt, M. , August 2005. European Journal of Neurology

Dalkara, T. October 2013. Current Pain and Headache Reports,

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches," "Headaches and Food."

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Kona, Hawaii, based internist and author of Pain Free 1, 2, 3.

American Migraine Foundation: "Sleep Disorders and Headache."

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain : "Magnesium."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Migraine Research Foundation: "Migraine Facts."

American Family Physician: "Migraine Headaches: How to Deal With the Pain."

Spigt, M. , August 2005. European Journal of Neurology

Dalkara, T. October 2013. Current Pain and Headache Reports,

Cleveland Clinic: "Rebound Headaches," "Headaches and Food."

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, Kona, Hawaii, based internist and author of Pain Free 1, 2, 3.

American Migraine Foundation: "Sleep Disorders and Headache."

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain : "Magnesium."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on April 5, 2019

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