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Is taking this headache pill called Excedrin safe ?

Is taking this headache pill called Excedrin safe ?

Yes: Yes, it's safe to take an excedrin once in a while for migrane/ tension headache. But if you have frequent headaches and have to take it regularly, get checked by your doctor first. Also, chronic use of excedrin is also not good as you may develop tolerance or a rebound headache. Good luck! ...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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Woke up from severe pounding headache pain several times. Worst headache ever this morning. Better w/ excedrin but still dizzy and out of it. Call dr?

Woke up from severe pounding headache pain several times. Worst headache ever this morning. Better w/ excedrin but still dizzy and out of it. Call dr?

Yes call the doctor.: Please call your doctor right away or go to the emergency room as you need to have a serious condition that needs to be ruled out or be treated. ...Read more

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What is long term damage from taking 2-4 Excedrin pills a day every 6 hours? I understand I should probably see a dr about the headaches. Thx

Stomach ulcers: First you need to determine what type of headaches that you might be experiencing. To continue to use excedrin on a daily schedule, may lead to many other problems. Excedrin contains aspirin/nsaid, which in turn can cause peptic ulcers in addition to making our platelets less functional for a period of time. This can lead to bleeding abnormalities. ...Read more

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I took 2 Excedrin tension pills.. Can I take 2 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) sinus headache on top of that?

I took 2 Excedrin tension pills.. Can I take 2 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) sinus headache on top of that?

Headache: I would suggest waiting 3-4 hours before taking anything else as you may over dose on contents such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, and caffeine. It looks like you also take Vicodin which may further complicate matters. Since you have a history of "migraine" I would strongly recommend consulting a neurologist to help you manage your headaches. Avoid self medicating. ...Read more

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Dr, I have bad headache. I usually take Excedrin often for frequent headaches to help. I have possible kidney stones and stings when i pee. Should i take two tylenol, (acetaminophen) one Excedrin pill or tramadol?

Dr, I have bad headache. I usually take Excedrin often for frequent headaches to help. I have possible kidney stones and stings when i pee. Should i take two tylenol, (acetaminophen) one Excedrin pill or tramadol?

Many remedies: It is important to find out the cause of your headaches? Only a doctor can do that for you. It might be migraine? The treatments differ for migraine headaches(we use drugs called triptans which are very effective but you need to go to a doctor for it. Otherwise you can use exedrin or tylenol(milder pain medicine but it is much safer than any others). Tramodol is a narcotic and not recommended. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take Excedrin while pregnant? I get horrible headaches upon awakening every day and just found out im preg.All of my scans were normal.

Is it safe to take Excedrin while pregnant?  I get horrible headaches upon awakening every day and just found out im preg.All of my scans were normal.

Not Recommended: I would avoid excedrin as the medication contains Aspirin which should be avoided in pregnancy, especially with headaches occur so frequently. Best to discuss with your doctor.. ...Read more

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I took 2 excedrin extra strength for a bad headache and im breastfeeding my 4 month old. Is this safe? Can I still feed her right away?

I took 2 excedrin extra strength for a bad headache and im breastfeeding my 4 month old. Is this safe? Can I still feed her right away?

Better not to nurse: after taking. The aspirin component of the Excedrin is not recommended for nursing mothers. It would be best to wait until tomorrow to nurse. You can pump and discard your milk until then. For future headaches, you may want to use either ibuprofen or acetaminophen instead of the Excedrin. ...Read more

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Sometimes i don't eat for a while and i get headaches. Does taking Excedrin help?

Sometimes i don't eat for a while and i get headaches. Does taking Excedrin help?

Hunger headache?: Hunger headaches are muscle tension/low blood sugar. Hunger causes your scalp muscles to tighten. Skipping meals, sleeping later than usual or delaying meals or snacks may result in a drop in your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar drops, your body releases hormones to counter low glucose levels, which can trigger a headache excedrin may help but work on that lifestyle. ...Read more

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I think im getting rebound headaches because im taking way to much excedrin...How can I stop these headaches.. The Excedrin only helps for couple hrs.?

I think im getting rebound headaches because im taking way to much excedrin...How can I stop these headaches.. The Excedrin only helps for couple hrs.?

Treat cause: You can easily get into a therapeutic rut that allows rebound to add to your problem. Concentrate on finding the underlying cause/trigger to your headaches. Since most ha come out of the neck, make sure they treat there. Prevention and treating the underlying cause is the key so multiple daily meds won't be needed. ...Read more

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I have a headache everyday. Is it bad that I take Excedrin on a daily basis?

I have a headache everyday. Is it bad that I take Excedrin on a daily basis?

Yes and no.: Bad because it may be the cause of your daily headache. Good because it relieves your headache. Should talk with your doc about a plan for stopping the med. ...Read more

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I have a moderate headache . I took Excedrin it only helped a little. What can I do now?

I have a moderate headache . I took Excedrin it only helped a little. What can I do now?

Headache: You can take another medication such as Motrin within 6 hrs or so after your last dose of excedrine. Since not sure which excedrine you took, I am assuming it is the excedrine migraine. You can also use ice packs on the back of your neck or where the pain is. If it is due to tense muscles you can use heat to loosen them. Also rest and close your eyes in a dark room. ...Read more

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Is it possible that i take Excedrin migraine for hunger headaches?

Is it possible that i take Excedrin migraine for hunger headaches?

Might help but:: Hunger headaches are muscle tension and low blood sugar. Hunger can cause your muscles to tighten, triggering a tension headache. Skipping meals, sleeping later than usual or delaying meals or snacks may result in a drop in your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar drops, your body releases hormones to counter low glucose levels, which can trigger a headache. Excederine might help. ...Read more

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My 12 yr old was given excedrin for a headache 24 hrs ago. How concerned should I be?

My 12 yr old was given  excedrin for a headache 24 hrs ago. How concerned should I be?

Depends: Does he still have a headache? Did a family member give it to him? I don't thing it will cause any problems. It is used for headaches. If still concerned get a doctor consult. ...Read more