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What are some tips for using over-the-counter headache pain relievers?

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Over-the-counter pain relievers have been demonstrated to be safe when used as directed. But keep the following precautions in mind:

  • Know the active ingredients in each product. Be sure to read the entire label.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dosage on the package.
  • Carefully consider how you use pain relievers and all medications. It is easy to over-medicate yourself.
  • Check with your doctor before taking products containing aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen if you have a bleeding problem, asthma, ulcers, kidney or liver disorders; if you recently had surgery or dental surgery or are about to have surgery; or if you take any other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Check with your doctor before taking acetaminophen if you have kidney or liver problems.

From: Drugs for Headache Pain Relief WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Migraine Association. 

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Migraine Association. 

Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on May 5, 2019

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