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What are the causes of a tension headache? Advil (ibuprofen) isn't working...Advice?

What are the causes of a tension headache? Advil (ibuprofen) isn't working...Advice?

When you worry: When you worry, your muscles can get tight in your head. That can cause a headache. Learn relaxation techniques, perhaps yoga, deep breathing, meditation. Assess your worry problems for what they are worth. Do not spend $10 worth of worry on a 10 cent problem. Make an action plan to fix the problem. Release worry on things controlled by others. Smoking contributes too. Try to stop smoking. ...Read more

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Ibuprofen (Definition)

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (nsaid). It works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. Ibuprofen is used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by many conditions such as headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual ...Read more


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Had oral surgery yesterday and have serve headache what can I do cause tynoeol or Advil (ibuprofen) is not working. And I feel like I'm going to throw?

Had oral surgery yesterday and have serve headache what can I do cause tynoeol or Advil (ibuprofen) is not working. And I feel like I'm going to throw?

Call your surgeon: The pain medication prescribed after "wisdom teeth" removal depends in the difficulty of the removal. For straightforward extraction advil and tylenol (acetaminophen) can work fine but for more difficult extractions vicodin or Percocet works well. Your surgeon can call in a prescription for vicodin for pain and an anti-emetic like Phenergan for nausea to a pharmacy near you. If you smoke, now us a good to quit. ...Read more

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Should I go to the ER for this headache? It started last night, while jumping rope/working out. It was a sharp pain in the back of my head, on the right side only. It has lasted til now. Advil seems to dull the pain, but it does not go away. It is worse w

Should I go to the ER for this headache? It started last night, while jumping rope/working out. It was a sharp pain in the back of my head, on the right side only. It has lasted til now. Advil seems to dull the pain, but it does not go away. It is worse w

A: A moderate or severe headache that is new or different from those that have been experienced in the past, and that does not go away with over-the-counter medications is a good reason to seek medical evaluation. The medical evaluation could be conducted by a primary care provider or an urgent care provider, who could determine if an emergency is present. While there is a low chance of a serious problem, like the sentinel headache of a ruptured aneurysm, the consequences of such a problem could be life-threatening. ...Read more

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I have had a headache for three days Advil (ibuprofen) and Excedrin migraine not working....have nausea....i don't usually have headaches and never one Advil (ibuprofen) does?

I have had a headache for three days Advil (ibuprofen) and Excedrin migraine not working....have nausea....i don't usually have headaches and never one Advil (ibuprofen) does?

May be a migraine: Do you have light sensitivity? Do you have a throbbing or pulsating headache? If yes, then you probably have a migraine. It may help you to have treatment with a medicine such as sumatriptan, or ketorolac, to have relief. Do not fear, this kind of headache does get better soon!

If you do not have these symptoms, or if you do, an evaluation is also a good idea. ...Read more

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Everytime I had a headache, I took some medicine (advil)etc...But it doesn't work it only works when the sun goes down and the headache disappear.

Everytime I had a headache, I took some medicine (advil)etc...But it doesn't work it only works when the sun goes down and the headache disappear.

Light sensitive: People with headaches/migraines are often sensitive to the light. If it is happening frequently, something to prevent it from happening. Still, you should see a doctor. ...Read more

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Is Tylenol better than Advil for headache?

Is Tylenol better than Advil for headache?

Tylenol: They both may relieve headache. Advil has an additional effect of being anti-inflammatory and Tylenol does not but doesn't irritate the stomach lining or cause fluid retention. Because of this I would favor taking Tylenol if it's effective. ...Read more

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Can u take an Advil for a headache if you're on celebrex (celecoxib)? If not, is there anything safe for a headache?

Can u take an Advil for a headache if you're on celebrex (celecoxib)? If not, is there anything safe for a headache?

You can: Advil (inhibit both cox-1 and cox-2) and Celebrex (celecoxib) (selective for cox-2) are almost the same group of drugs.
There are over 200 types primary headaches. Once the right type is established the recommendation could be made.
Re. See your pcp for the proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I took Advil (ibuprofen) for a headache and then threw up 45 minutes later. What's going on?

I took Advil (ibuprofen) for a headache and then threw up 45 minutes later. What's going on?

Headache & vomiting: Although Ibuprofen (advil, motrin) can cause vomiting due to stomach irritation, vomiting associated with headache can portend a more serous illness like migraine, meningitis, brain tumor, etc. If persistent, consult your physician. ...Read more

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I have headaches. How much Advil (ibuprofen) can I take a day?

I have headaches. How much Advil (ibuprofen) can I take a day?

.: If continious headache or severe headache or for a long time consult physician. Usually you can take ibuprofen/advil once every 6 hours. You can also alternate with tylenol/ acetaminophen. (one every 4 hours). ...Read more

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What do I do about my weekly headaches? Just using Advil (ibuprofen) right now.

What do I do about my weekly headaches? Just using Advil (ibuprofen) right now.

Treatment: If they are occurring weekly, I would give something to prevent them. There are many different medications that I use. ...Read more

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Everyday headaches when I wake up, and won't go away when I take advil (ibuprofen)?

Everyday headaches when I wake up, and won't go away when I take advil (ibuprofen)?

Need much: More information to give you any ideas about these headaches. Suggest you be evaluated by your doctor and consider sleep disorders such as sleep apnea as a cause. ...Read more

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I have a serious headache for 3 days. Advil (ibuprofen) does not help. What should I do?

I have a serious headache for 3 days. Advil (ibuprofen) does not help. What should I do?

See your doctor: You should see a doctor for an exam as soon as you can, possibly in the emergency room if it is a serious headache. ...Read more

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I took like 2 or 3 sips of a beer around 6 pm and now have a headache. Is it safe to take an Advil?

I took like 2 or 3 sips of a beer around 6 pm and now have a headache. Is it safe to take an Advil?

Advil ok: Drinking alcohol with Advil is not typically advised given you may have some stomach discomfort from the increased stomach line irritation. However, 2-3 sips is not very much so taking some Advil 200 mg (i.e. 1-2 pills) for your headache should be fine. It would be advisable to take it with some food to help prevent any stomach irritation. ...Read more

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I took an Advil Cold & Sinus about an hour and a half ago yet I still have a terrible migraine/headache. What can I do to feel better?

I took an Advil Cold & Sinus about an hour and a half ago yet I still have a terrible migraine/headache. What can I do to feel better?

See MD: You need a full history and physical exam. Including a neurological exam. If bleeding and neurological signs are excluded, status migrainosus can be safely and effectively treated with intramuscular toradol and phenergan in most cases. Rizatriptan a slower but good treatment option if no allergy. Go to urgent care for a workup. ...Read more

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Past week been having headaches on top of my head? Advil doesn't always work I hate to keep taking meds I heard you can get a headache problem from it?

Past week been having headaches on top of my head? Advil doesn't always work I hate to keep taking meds I heard you can get a headache problem from it?

Yes you are right: You really need an exam and the a diagnosis. Then you can take a medication that should be helpful to your headache. See doctor or make a health tap appt ...Read more

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Digestive issues. Please help? My names lyndsay and I'm 21 years old. Recently, I have had sharp headaches at night time. I usually take some Advil and the headache is gone in the morning. This has been going on for three nights now. Yesterday, I had som

Digestive issues. Please help? My names lyndsay and I'm 21 years old. Recently, I have had sharp headaches at night time. I usually take some Advil and the headache is gone in the morning. This has been going on for three nights now. Yesterday, I had som

The: The GI (gastrointestinal) symptoms you described may be related to an infectious process. However, it is more likely that you are dealing with a viral gastroenteritis as opposed to an intestinal infection. The symptoms usually resolve in about a week or so. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids. If you are not better yet and/or have fever, blood or mucous in your stool, seek medical care right away.
Take care. ...Read more

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Can a teenager take Advil (ibuprofen) for headaches?

Yes: 400 mg or even 600 depending on the size of the teen. Always take it with food. Check with your doctor if there are other medications the patient is taking to be sure there is no drug interaction. See your doctor if the headaches are getting worse, happening more often, or if they are accompanied by other symptoms such as difficulty walking, unsteady gait, vision changes, personality changes etc. ...Read more

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I took 1000 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) for severe headache is that ok.

I took 1000 mg of Advil (ibuprofen) for severe headache is that ok.

Commonly used: But better check with your doc. You may need MRA. Ask about it. Although it may not be necessary. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Advil (Definition)

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