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A 36-year-old female asked:

I take aspirin every day (via excedrin) for headaches. is there anything else i can take that works as good as asprin but without the side effects? nothing over the counter works. even with migraine scrip i still need excedrin, mostly bc of muscles?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 63 years experience
Aspirin taken occasionally can relieve headaches, but when taken daily, aspirin overuse headaches are known to occur. NSAID meds like advil or aleve are less apt to cause pain medication overuse headaches. I recommend being evaluated by a neurologist with special interest in headache treatments or visit a headache clinic for accurate diagnosis & best treatment.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 54 years experience
Your interventions appear to have prompted the development of "chronic daily headaches", and you need to find a neurologist to assist in breaking up the pattern. This is not unusual, but do not delay, as the longer this proceeds, the more difficult it will be to break up this syndrome.
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Last updated Oct 11, 2021


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