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What medicine should I take to relieve a tension-type headache?

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Pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, usually help. But be careful. Taking too many of these pills can cause hard-to-treat rebound headaches. If you need to take these drugs often, see your doctor. Do not give aspirin to anyone under age 19 -- it raises their risk for a serious condition called Reye's syndrome.

From: Headache Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Buchholz, D. , Workman Publishing Company, 2002. Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain

Livingstone, I. , Novak Owl Books, 2004. Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches

Smith T. , 2004. Drugs

Young, W. , Demos Medical Publishing, 2004. Migraine and other Headaches

Cady R. , July 2005. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

International Headache Society.

American College of Rheumatology: "NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Buchholz, D. , Workman Publishing Company, 2002. Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain

Livingstone, I. , Novak Owl Books, 2004. Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches

Smith T. , 2004. Drugs

Young, W. , Demos Medical Publishing, 2004. Migraine and other Headaches

Cady R. , July 2005. Mayo Clinic Proceedings

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

International Headache Society.

American College of Rheumatology: "NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 18, 2018

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