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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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Headaches that started with a concussion 2 years ago. They can be relieved with Aleve (naproxen) but never seem to really go away.

Headaches that started with a concussion 2 years ago. They can be relieved with Aleve (naproxen) but never seem to really go away.

Possible neck source: Many times the ha could be cericogenic in nature after concussion, which means coming from the neck, the best treatmnet will include nerve block to the neck are, I recommend a visit to pain dr ...Read more

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I took 16 Aleve pills, 10 Advil pills, and 4 tylenol (acetaminophen) pills in the past 10 hours for a slight headache. What symptoms may occur and should I see a dr?

I took 16 Aleve pills, 10 Advil pills, and 4 tylenol (acetaminophen) pills in the past 10 hours for a slight headache. What symptoms may occur and should I see a dr?

Get Help ASAP!: Tylenol (acetaminophen) is safe up to 4, 000 mg a day. NSAIDs: 16 aleve pills and 10 advils maybe enough to make a hole in the stomach and it can seriously damage your liver. Bleeding to death internally is very painful. Get help ASAP! ...Read more

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I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) for headaches. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if I have a few beers in me?

I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) for headaches. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if I have a few beers in me?

Together can get ulc: Together the alcohol and the advil or aleve (naproxen) can lead to increased gastric irritation including gastritis and ulcers. These can be integrated into you general helath issues with your physician. ...Read more

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My 11-yo son has been getting bad headaches in temples last three nights. He had minor concussion a few months ago - not sure if related. Could just be a migraine - have been alternating ibuprofen/tylenol, minor relief. What else should we do?

My 11-yo son has been getting bad headaches in temples last three nights. He had minor concussion a few months ago - not sure if related. Could just be a migraine - have been alternating ibuprofen/tylenol, minor relief. What else should we do?

Probably unrelated: A concussion can cause headaches and/or lower the threshold for a headaches shortly after the concussion (within a couple of weeks). However, it's hard to connect these headaches now with a concussion months ago. Think about other causes of headaches- stress, low blood sugar, eye fatigue/poor vision, infections, dehydration, etc. Of course, see your pediatrician if not improving. ...Read more

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I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) if I have a headache. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if I had a headache after a night of drinking?

I normally take tylenol (acetaminophen) if I have a headache. But is it better to take something like advil or aleve if I had a headache after a night of drinking?

Hanover headache: Tylenol (acetaminophen) for hangover headaches doesn't do much, according to my patients. Aleve liquid caplets seem to help the best. 1-2 tabs can last 12-24 hours. Or you can also try exceedrin migraine, which has some caffeine (small amount), Tylenol (acetaminophen) and aspirin. My patients have also had good results with this. ...Read more

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Took two extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) and got drunk last night. Now next night have headache and nausea am I ok? 23 yo male. Concussion 6 weeks ago. Healthy

Took two extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) and got drunk last night. Now next night have headache and nausea am I ok? 23 yo male. Concussion 6 weeks ago. Healthy

Headache and nausea: Your symptoms are likely only due to the alcohol. The concussion 6 weeks ago should not be an issue if you were feeling well up until the time you got drunk. Still, alcohol and extra strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not a good mix. Two pills of the Tylenol (acetaminophen), however, would not be a problem, even with the alcohol. ...Read more

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I want to cleanse from the pain killers (tylenol, advil, (ibuprofen) & aleve) I've been taking for cronic headaches. How long before its all out of my system?

Chronic NSAID's+Tyl: These medications won't be detectible in your system within a few days after last use. Multiple problems are associated with long term use of these medications & some can persist even after complete cessation. Chances are you have not exhausted your body's reserve in handling these medications. Don't be surprised if your gerd (profile) & headaches improve after you stop these. ...Read more

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Ian taking 10mg of lexapro, lately I have been experiencing a stiff neck and headaches, I read you cannot take aleve or Advil, Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not help?

Ian taking 10mg of lexapro, lately I have been experiencing a stiff neck and headaches, I read you cannot take aleve or Advil, Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not help?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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My brother plays football, and complained about a headache all day. The pain did not go away even though we gave him Aleve (naproxen). Is it a concussion?

My brother plays football, and complained about a headache all day. The pain did not go away even though we gave him Aleve (naproxen). Is it a concussion?

Concussion?: Did your brother get hit in the head? It's kind of hard to have a concussion without being hit in the head. A headache by itself is a headache, not a concussion. What you should NOT expect from HealthTap is an answer to your question, "Is it a concussion? " There is no substitute (including HealthTap) for a hands-on assessment in a doctor's office. Please reread the HealthTap disclaimer. ...Read more

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I have ITP - never needed treatment. I'm on Prozac for anxiety. What can I take that is safe if I have a headache? Tylenol (acetaminophen)? Aleve?

I have ITP - never needed treatment. I'm on Prozac for anxiety. What can I take that is safe if I have a headache? Tylenol (acetaminophen)? Aleve?

Acetaminophen: Acetaminophen (Tylenol (acetaminophen) and many other over the counter meds) is safe because unlike Aleve (ibuprofen) it has no effect on platelet function. Aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) do affect platelet function, which increases risk of bleeding, which is already increased in ITP due a lower platelet count. ...Read more

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What is the best/most effective otc med for tension headache? Aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve or Tylenol (acetaminophen)? Or do they all work equally well?

Experiences: Not sure one is better than another, as Tylenol (acetaminophen) seems to have fewer stomach issues, but Aleve may work well in patients who also have migraine. Try a couple and see which you tolerate better. ...Read more

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Head injury. Blood pooling in eye blurry vision recurring headache I can't get rid of with Tylenol (acetaminophen) BC powders and Aleve. Help please.

Head injury. Blood pooling in eye blurry vision recurring headache I can't get rid of with Tylenol (acetaminophen) BC powders and Aleve. Help please.

Not uncommon: Headaches after a head injury are not uncommon. Some pain medications may be more offensive than others. I would seek care with a specialist (family doctor that has sports medicine training, concussion clinic, neurologist that specializes in this type of thing, etc.). ...Read more

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Diagnosed with concussion 4 weeks ago, been given naproxen for the headaches but not working, they are getting worse, im not sure what else to do?

Diagnosed with concussion 4 weeks ago, been given naproxen for the headaches but not working, they are getting worse, im not sure what else to do?

I agree: A neurologist may be difficult to schedule yourself. See your primary doctor and go from there. Our city has a concussion clinic which sees patients within a day or two. Neurology clinics can take 2 months 2 see you. Good luck! Happy healing! ...Read more

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Sustained a slight concussion/ moderate whiplash 2 weeks ago. Been taking fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) for headache for 8 days, little to no relief when wears off. Typical?

Sustained a slight concussion/ moderate whiplash 2 weeks ago. Been taking fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine) for headache for 8 days, little to no relief when wears off. Typical?

Need diagnosis: The head and neck issues may be interacting, and the neck may be a trigger for the headache, but might consider possibility of disc protrusion, or even thoracic outlet syndrome secondary to shoulder strap. Also, might wonder about intracranial problem. See your doc and try some conservative meds and physical therapy first. ...Read more

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Starting indomethacin (25mg 3x) for post concussion headache, was on fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine). Already on topamax (25mg 2x) for migraine. Interactions? I am 5'4" 107 lbs

Starting indomethacin (25mg 3x) for post concussion headache, was on fioricet (acetaminophen butalbital and caffeine). Already on topamax (25mg 2x) for migraine. Interactions? I am 5'4" 107 lbs

Seek a neuromuscular: Taking medications is like giving a bandaid instead of stitches seek a neurologist to find out why you have migraines it is quite possible it maybe due to your bite look for a neuromuscular dentist in your area. ...Read more

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How does acetaminophen figure into ibuprofen and naproxen? Which one gives relief better for l. Headaches and 2. Anti-inflammatory

How does acetaminophen figure into ibuprofen and naproxen? Which one gives relief better for l. Headaches and 2. Anti-inflammatory

Two different meds: Acetaminophen is not an anti-inflammatory. It is a pain reliever and anti-pyretic (reduces fevers).

Ibuprofen and Naproxen are both pain relievers nad anti-inflammatories. They are nsaids (non steroidal anti inflammatory).

For headaches, everyone is different. For some one works better and others it is the opposite. ...Read more

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Aleve and tylenol (acetaminophen) together, safe?

Aleve and tylenol (acetaminophen) together, safe?

If you do: Would consider alternating them, and not taking the maximum allowable dose for each, rather take less 25% less than that. If you have hepatitis or bad liver would not take tylenol; or bad kidney or allergies to anti-inflammatory medicine/aspirin, would not take aleve (naproxen). ...Read more

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While on lexapro can I take tylenol (acetaminophen)? Why isn't aleve safe?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) is ok: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (such as lexapro) may enhance the antiplatelet effect of NSAID (such as Aleve/Advil). NSAID may diminish the therapeutic effect of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. That being said, many of my patients take both with no problems. ...Read more

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I've had on/off fever for months, but now it's been 11 days w/o relief with aleve/tylenol. Begins a few hours after I wake and I feel terrible. Ideas?

I've had on/off fever for months, but now it's been 11 days w/o relief with aleve/tylenol. Begins a few hours after I wake and I feel terrible. Ideas?

CIDP management: In my review, I did not find fever as a manifestation of cidp. However, cidp is an immunological disorder that makes you more susceptible to infections. You need to see the physician who is treating your cidp for an evaluation. If he (she) has no new suggestions, ask for a referral to an infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Is mobic any stronger than tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve?

Is mobic any stronger than tylenol (acetaminophen) or aleve?

Depends on patient: Mobic (meloxicam) is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent (nsiad). Aleve (naproxen) is also an nsaid. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is not an anti-inflammatory medicine. Mobic lasts longer and in most cases needs to be taken once daily. Patients react differently to nsaids. So the efficacy frequently is patient dependent. ...Read more

Naproxen (Definition)

Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It inhibits cyclooxygenase thus reducing ...Read more


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Concussion (Definition)

An injury to the brain usually caused by trauma. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, altered ...Read more