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what narcotics are prescribed for severe headaches?

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Dr. James Henning
Anesthesiology 50 years experience
None: It is highly unusual for narcotics to be prescribed in this situation. If a thorough clinical evaluation hasn't yet been done, it should. Has severe enough to require narcotic rx suggest the need for a diagnosis. Typically, less potent medications will alleviate most benign has.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Should avoid : Narcotics could be reasonable for acute head trauma such as skull fracture or the intense pains associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage or meningitis, but there are severe risks of apnea, and should only be used with constant supervision in hospital. Use of narcotics in migraine and tension headaches is always a bad idea, as the problem will rebound and worsen.

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