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A 58-year-old female asked:

Is it ok to take 1 tablet of excedrin migraine every day? usually wake up in the middle of the night with a headache and take one excedrin migraine ( i have had migraine since i was 22 now 57 but not as bad any more)

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Jeu
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Any : Any headache that actually wakes you out of a sound sleep is very worrisome. It is a symptom that needs a visit to a physician and a thorough work up, possibly including MRI of the brain and eeg. If the work up is negative, then taking a tablet of Excedrin migraine daily is ok.
Dr. Brett Noorda
Dentistry 26 years experience
Try a Nightguard: Headaches in the middle of the night suggest you may be clenching/grinding your teeth while asleep. Nighttime clenching/grinding causes significant tension in the muscles of the jaw, head, neck and shoulders, and may be the trigger for your headaches. You may want to visit your dentist and be examined for an orthotic to wear while sleeping. For more info, visit headacheprevention.Com.
Dr. Ilene Ruhoy
Neurology 22 years experience
No: Migraines can occur during sleep. There is a higher incidence during later stages of sleep. It is important to talk to a neurologist regarding your symptoms to decide if these are truly migrainous and yoy may need an MRI to rule out other causes. Regular consumption of Excedrin (or most OTC meds) can lead to overuse analgesia headache which may be what you are experiencing now.
Last updated Feb 13, 2020


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