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How can I relieve a severe headache with just OTC meds?

How can I relieve a severe headache with just OTC meds?

Headache remedies: Some patients do well on Excedrin migraine, and others respond to tylenol (acetaminophen). A new otc called dolovent also seems to help some. There are scattered reports of chiropractic treatment assisting some people. However, all of the above could have some risks, and best to consult with your physician about all of these approaches. ...Read more

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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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4 weeks after a concussion, having issues with server headaches, what can I do for the headaches? Any OTC meds or anything to help reduce the pain?

4 weeks after a concussion, having issues with server headaches, what can I do for the headaches? Any OTC meds or anything to help reduce the pain?

Post traumatic: It is common that trauma brings on complex symptoms including headache. Often medications do not help. Good sleep and good health habits are important. Often plain Aspirin with added tylenol (acetaminophen) with some caffeine is effective. Avoid excessive use of medications. Medication to help sleep and treat depression may also help. Discuss these issues with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have severe sinus pressure and headache...What can I buy OTC to help ?

I have severe sinus pressure and headache...What can I buy OTC to help ?

Antihistamines/NSAID: Antihistamines and/or decongestants will help to relieve the sinus pressure and nsaids like iboprofen will help with the headache pain. If this doesn't cut it, it's time to see your doc. ...Read more

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How should I cure a mild fever with OTC meds?

How should I cure a mild fever with OTC meds?

Fluids, rest: Low grade fevers are seldom severe symptoms if unaccompanied by other illness. Use of Aspirin or Acetaminophen (tylenol) can reduce fever if you are uncomfortable. On the other hand many docs feel that fever is beneficial in fighting infection and unless it creates further problems, leave it alone. ...Read more

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How can I relieve a headache without meds?

How can I relieve a headache without meds?

Depends on cause: Without a proper diagnosis, there's no way to know the cause or proper treatment.For simple, non-recurrent ha's, might try ice to head or neck, sleep, massage, meditation. A good hands-on osteopathic exam, whether pain is short-term or chronic, might find a mechanical cause - often from neck pain/dysf, rib problems, even sacral problems which can be treated with manipulation. Just some suggestions. ...Read more

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I have a severe toothache , how much ibuprophen can I take to get releif?

I have a severe toothache , how much ibuprophen can I take to get releif?

Be careful: Many drugs have side effects that are more likely the longer you take the drug for. Ibuprofen is not generally meant for long term use. Get the cause of the toothache taken care of. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my severe chronic sinus headaches? Otc medications don't work for me.

What can I do to treat my severe chronic sinus headaches? Otc medications don't work for me.

Sinus headache: If you have chronic sinus headaches they could be allergic or infection. See your dr and get proper diagnoses and treatment please. ...Read more

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How can I relieve a migraine without using medicines?

How can I relieve a migraine without using medicines?

Migraine treatment: Alternative medicine experts use several methods to relieve and possibly cure migraine.Folloing treatments have been tried with some success or reduction of attacks chiropractic treatment biofeedback food allegies causing migraine treatment by allergists , and diet adjustment sress and tension relief by meditation/yoga avoid lack of sleep restricting salt especially pre menstrual. ...Read more

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Can I take Excedrin for a migraine or should I try something with no acetomenophine?

No: Occasional acetominophen use is ok. Excedrin has Aspirin in it which you should try to avoid in pregnancy unless specifically instructed by your doctor to take it. ...Read more

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Can i take advil cold and sinus with klonopin and lexapro (escitalopram)? What sinues medicine can i take can i get a list please? Can i also take ibuphrone with them?

Can i take advil cold and sinus with klonopin and lexapro (escitalopram)? What sinues medicine can i take can i get a list please? Can i also take ibuphrone with them?

Talk w/ Dr/druggist: The Advil IS ibuprofen. It's rare, but it can lead to bleeding w/ lexapro (escitalopram) in some folk. Watch for signs and call Dr immediately. It can also cause dizziness and fainting, so be careful and try to have someone near.The 1st two can also do that but if you've been ok so far - that's a good sign - just be careful. Ask your Dr for that list - for you overall case. ...Read more

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What helps with nausea? any medication or remedies i can use?

What helps with nausea? any medication or remedies i can use?

Yes: You need to find out why you are nauseated, See a doctor for evaluation. Dry crackers or toast will help. Your doctor will give you an appropriate medication ...Read more

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How am I suppose to deal with chronic pain if I can't take Nsaids due to my GERD? Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone does nothing for me. Please Help

How am I suppose to deal with chronic pain if I can't take Nsaids due to my GERD? Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone does nothing for me. Please Help

See your PCP: for evaluation, tests, and potential referral to chronic pain management specialist. The sooner you see a doctor, the sooner you can be on the way to pain free life again. ...Read more

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I suffer from migraines and recently lost my insurance. What meds can I take to help wuth the headace and nausea that comes with it i cannot take nsaids due to an ulcer?

I suffer from migraines and recently lost my insurance. What meds can I take to help wuth the headace and nausea that comes with it  i cannot take nsaids due to an ulcer?

Magnesium: magnesium is a good migraine preventer, it is cheap, and it will not bother the stomach. Consider mag oxide 500 mg daily. It does not work for everyone, but it is worth a try. For treatment of occasional migraines, you may want something like midrin. ...Read more

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I have hidrdenitis suppurativa and i'm having a flare up what can I do to help with pain and inflammation other than OTC pain relievers or nsaids?

I have hidrdenitis suppurativa and i'm having a flare up what can I do to help with pain and inflammation other than OTC pain relievers or nsaids?

Need to see doctor: Antibiotics, steroid injections, and tnf, incision and drainage. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hidradenitis-suppurativa/ds00818/dsection=treatments-and-drugs. ...Read more

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I have bad anxiety and have tried hydroxyzine for a while which doesn't really help what can I take to help with my anxiety along with OCD ?

I have bad anxiety and have tried hydroxyzine for a while which doesn't really help what can I take to help with my anxiety along with OCD ?

Need counselling: You may need other medications plus psychologic counselling to control your OCD and anxiety. Recommend that you contact a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Can i take acetaminophen for head aches if i suffer from mild hypertension?

Can i take acetaminophen for head aches if i suffer from mild hypertension?

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Acetaminophen(tylenol)is generally safe in appropriate doses for use in hypertensive patients. As with any medicine it needs to be taken in the appropriate dose and frequency. Overdosing on Acetaminophen can cause severe toxicity. ...Read more

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I have chronic headaches/migranes and was wondering, how long after stopping OTC meds would i be able to rule out rebound headache as a cause?

I have chronic headaches/migranes and was wondering, how long after stopping OTC meds would i be able to rule out rebound headache as a cause?

A couple of cycles: Depends on your medicine's half life, or how long it is in your body. When you take a medicine, it's levels in your blood begins to rise than falls. Half life is how long it takes to be 1/2 of cincentration.Drug that last 24h takes 4 x that to reach steady stat where amount taken is amount eliminated (5th day). So, thereafter you would feel effects of being off medicine. ...Read more

Dr. Alexander Mauskop
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Headache (Worst Ever) (Definition)

Severe headache is a symptom in which a person has great pain in his head. Severe headache is usually an emergency. Causes include meningitis, bleeding in the brain, trauma, brain tumors, etc. ...Read more