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Medicine For Headache Disorders
Is it best to stay away from headache medicine containing caffeine if I am sensitive to caffeine due to my anxiety disorder?
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
I have fever only at night also have headaches and sudden shortness of breath and want to know if i have a disease
or a specific medicine would help. ?
I'm 21 years have migraine disease.I'm now 14 weeks pregnant.1or 2times a week i get a headache, but I do not use any drugs.Does it affect on my baby?
Are there any neurological disorders that cause really bad headaches bad neck/ back pain. Had this since august, and nothing works, no drugs will help?
Chronic daily H.A.'s: Maybe you too have migraine, and your "drugs" have precipitated a more frequent pattern. There are items which can both stop and prevent headaches, both prescription and otc. Suggest you seek an experienced neurologist, and get this controlled. Avoid pain meds of all types, as will just exacerbate your problems. ...Read more
For mood disorder, are there any mood stabilizer drugs that don't cause weight gain fatigue or headache ? Already have migraines and fatigue.
42 yr oldwith graves disease stop taking medicine feeling weak,painful joints anxious headache, constipation, should be seen?
Please suggest the best OTC medicine(s) for sinus symptoms management(esp. the headache) and can be used regularly.
OTC meds for Sunuses: Pseduephedrine (Sudafed) is the main decongestant sold OTC, but due to its potential for abuse, it is now stored behind the shelf and u need to ask for it. It can cause increased heart rate and insomnia. u can use nasal sprays to decongest while avoiding the insomnia caused by oral decongestants. Anti allergy meds can be used if they are adding to the congestion otherwise u can skip these ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When to see a doctor: A headache can be a symptom of a serious condition, such as a stroke, meningitis or encephalitis. Go to a hospital emergency room or call 911 or your local emergency number if you're experiencing the worst headache of your life, a sudden, severe headache or a headache accompanied by: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/headache/basics/when-to-see-doctor/sym-20050800 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Depending on the type of headache the best medication can vary quite a bit. In general, headaches respond to acetaminophen (Tylenol) and OTC NSAIDS (ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) fairly well. Migraines usually respond best to medications in the triptan family (e.g. Imitrex / sumatriptan). Cluster headaches do best with oxygen. I would start with the OTC's and follow up with your doctor if needed. ...Read more
Headaches in kids: Acetaminophen and ibuprofen should be sufficient to manage most headaches in children. If these OTC medications do not relieve the headache pain, evaluation for more serious medical conditions should take place. Children can get migraine headaches, in which cases narcotic analgesics can be used until they are old enough for more traditional migraine medications (usually 12 years and older). ...Read more
No 'cure': Some people find that yoga, exercise or biofeedback can help with headaches. Most people end up taking medicine bc that's what works best. Supplements like magnesium, feverfew, coq10, butterbur, and vitamin b2 sometimes can help, also and you might feel like these aren't actually 'medicine'. ...Read more
Herbal Remedies: You might consider trying a herbal remedy containing butterbur. Be sure to get a pyrrolizidine alkaloid-free (pa) version. This herb has been shown to be effective in reducing number and severity of headaches. If that doesn't work, see a doctor if they persist. Don't fall into the trap of reusing otc drugs like excedrin ha, Motrin or opioid meds multiple times per day to avoid starting rebound ha. ...Read more
Paracetamol: Assuming you have no other medical problems and are otherwise healthy, paracetamol is a reasonable pain reliever sold in the states as acetaminophen. It can be used in conjunction w/ibuprofen, sold here as advil & motrin. However, it's important to know that regular excess consumption of alcohol can lower liver's tolerance for paracetamol, increasing risk for liver failure. Best to go see your doc. ...Read more
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