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How can your doctor help with tension headaches?

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If you’ve tried changes in lifestyle habits and still get tension headaches, tell your doctor. He or she may use a local anesthetic to relax trigger points. Your doctor may suggest taking a daily medication that can prevent chronic tension headaches, like:

  • Anti-anxiety medication (like buspirone)
  • Antidepressants (like amitriptyline)
  • Seizure medication, like gabapentin (Neurontin) or topiramate (Qudexy XR, Topamax, Trokendi XR)

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Rebound Headaches.”

Harvard Health Publications: “4 ways to tame tension headaches.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Tension Headache.”

National Headaches Foundation: “Tension-Type Headache.”

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.”

University of California Berkeley: “Headaches.”

University of Michigan: “When Should You See a Doctor for Headache or Migraines?”

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority: “Headaches: Should I Take Prescription Medicine for Tension Headaches?”

National Stroke Association: “Act FAST.”

UpToDate: "Tension-type headache in adults: Preventive treatment."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 24, 2020

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Rebound Headaches.”

Harvard Health Publications: “4 ways to tame tension headaches.”

Mount Sinai Hospital: “Tension Headache.”

National Headaches Foundation: “Tension-Type Headache.”

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.”

University of California Berkeley: “Headaches.”

University of Michigan: “When Should You See a Doctor for Headache or Migraines?”

University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority: “Headaches: Should I Take Prescription Medicine for Tension Headaches?”

National Stroke Association: “Act FAST.”

UpToDate: "Tension-type headache in adults: Preventive treatment."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 24, 2020

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