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I noticed excedrin has both acetaminophen and aspirin. i am wondering what the rationale is behind this since they are both painkillers.

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Migraines: Maybe from a combination of migraine and muscle contraction (tension) headaches. Migraines are often triggered by poor sleep and eating habits as well as stress. Consider sleeping and eating meals on a fixed scheduled. Stress reduction such as meditation may help. There are multiple treatments for migraine. Acetaminophen works differently from NSAIDs and the actions are at least additive.

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