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Are over-the-counter pain relievers safe for headaches?

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Over-the-counter pain relievers are safe when used as directed, but don't take more than the recommended dosage on the package. Read the entire label and consider other medications you're taking, too. It's easy to over-medicate yourself.

Check with your doctor before you take something with aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen if you:

Check with your doctor before you take acetaminophen if you have kidney or liver problems.

  • Have a bleeding problem, asthma, ulcers, kidney or liver disorders
  • Recently had or are about to have surgery or dental surgery
  • Take other NSAID medications

From: Drugs for Headache Pain Relief WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Migraine Association. 

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Migraine Association. 

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 05, 2019

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