What are rebound headaches?
When a headache strikes, most of us head for the medicine cabinet or local pharmacy and take an over-the-counter pain pill, like acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or pain-relieving drugs with caffeine. When you don�t follow the instructions on the bottle or from your doctor, these medicines could give you a rebound headache.
When the pain reliever wears off, your body may have a withdrawal reaction. Then you take more medicine, which leads to another headache -- and so on.
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