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How often can I take pain medicine for headache?

How often can I take pain medicine for headache?

Depends on Med: "headache medication comes in many shapes, sizes, ingredients, and time of activity. There is no answer unless were were speaking about a specific medication. Sorry. Dr. J. ...Read more

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Headache (Definition)

Also called cephalalgia, is pain anywhere in the region of the head or neck, & can be a symptom of a number of conditions affecting those areas. It originates from pain-sensitive structures such as cranium, muscles, nerves, vessels, subcutaneous tissues, eyes, ears, sinuses & mucous membranes. It is non-specific symptom & can be primary such as tension ha, or secondary ...Read more


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Is there a way to tell a rebound headache from a normal headache? Not suppose to take short term pain relievers but prescribed oxy for back pain.

Is there a way to tell a rebound headache from a normal headache? Not suppose to take short term pain relievers but prescribed oxy for back pain.

Rebound headaches: Rebound headaches are headaches that increase when you stop taking some medication. Overuse headache (medication causing headaches to increase) occur when taking medications two or more times/week on regular basis. Your type of headache increases. The oxy can cause that , but shouldn't if taken for a short course. Back exercises are imperative. Get into a good yoga class and be good to your body. ...Read more

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I'm having surgery (tonsillectomy) in 7 days and today I have a really bad headache. What pain relievers are safe to take?

I'm having surgery (tonsillectomy) in 7 days and today I have a really bad headache. What pain relievers are safe to take?

Acetaminophen : Stay away from the NSAID medication such as Motrin and aleve until you speak with your surgeon. Acetaminophen however is just fine. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What pain relievers can a pregnant woman take because I have been getting headaches and my back has been hurting a lot?

What pain relievers can a pregnant woman take because I have been getting headaches and my back has been hurting a lot?

Pregnant & Pain: Pregnancy is the curveball. If no allergy to Tylenol (acetaminophen) less than 3000mg/day, then it is probably the one oral med your OB/GYN is going to recommend that you take. Talk with them about whether or not you can try topical compounds for your back symptoms (Flector patches, lidocaine patches, etc.). They might okay OTC things like Biofreeze, Aspercreme, etc. ...Read more

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What can I do for headaches, because OTC pain relievers normally don't work? My headaches vary where they occur often.

What can I do for headaches, because OTC pain relievers normally don't work? My headaches vary where they occur often.

Seen a neurologist?: If you have chronic & / or severe headaches - evaluation by a neurologist could be beneficial. The neurologist can recommend a course of action. One possible treatment for headaches is acupuncture. Take care. ...Read more

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Can caffeine boost pain relievers for other than headaches?

Can caffeine boost pain relievers for other than headaches?

Usually yes: But you need to know what the cause of you pain is rather that just taking pain meds for no reason. Get rid of the cause and stop the need to treat the pain, . ...Read more

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I have headaches alot. It gets worse when i sleep and a lot of times it gets worse after taking pain relievers. I almost always wake up with one?

I have headaches alot. It gets worse when i sleep and a lot of times it gets worse after taking pain relievers.  I almost always wake up with one?

Rule out...: This is far from a complete answer to your question, but if you're sleeping at home and the headaches are worst in the morning before you leave your house, i hope you're not being exposed to carbon monoxide. Call me a focused pathologist if you like -- please do get your home checked, and if everything's okay, get with a good neurologist for further workup. ...Read more

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What pain relievers can be taken with Zoloft for a headache?

What pain relievers can be taken with Zoloft for a headache?

Most: There is no drug interaction with NSAIDs or opiates. However if a tricyclic antidepressant is used for pain control , it may affect the effect of Zoloft. However there may be an additive sedating effect from opiates. ...Read more

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Analgesic (Definition)

Analgesic is a medication similar to Pain medicine. An analgesic is any member of the group of drugs used to ...Read more