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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.
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 more
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 more
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
It depends: I'll assume you have migraine. You should consult with your doctor. About 30% of migraineurs have a visual aura which usually occurs before the headache lasting 5 to 60 minutes. Migraine medication will not relieve the aura. Many migraineurs have blurred vision during the headache which is not an aura which may be relieved along with the headache pain by migraine acute medication. ...Read more
Some basics: The primary triggers for headaches at all ages vary but there some basic things that can help. Illness, even minor viruses can trigger them & monitoring other symptoms is important. Lack of sleep/rest, poor diet, dehydration all can trigger or aggravate them. Creating a restful environment free of kid stress & providing comfort food & fluids can also help. ...Read more
Hydration, blood flow: Check your level of hydration first. Easy way to get indicator is to see color of urine, as well as frequency. If clear to light colored, then you are pretty well hydrated. Also can get ultrasound check of vessels to evaluate blockages of vessels, esp. Carotid artery. And, you can track your fluid intake for a week and see where you are. Most are at least slightly dehydrated. Good Luck. ...Read more
See neurologist: Medicine isn't working probably because it is not the right one for your type of headaches. If you have had a non-stop headaches daily, you need to see a neurologist. ...Read more
You r telling me that a drug that takes weeks maybe months to start woking is good for headaches?
Yes: Some meds take weeks to have an effect. If you don't like this option, talk to your doctor about trying another faster acting medicine. ...Read more
Some headache medicine includes caffeine to help the pain and effect of the other drugs. How does that work?
Caffeine enhances: Many pain relievers making them 40% more effective in treating headaches. Caffeine helps the body absorb headache drugs more quickly, bringing faster relief, thus requiring lower pain med doses and reducing risk for potential side effects. Caffeine produces alertness when other meds may cause sleepiness. However withdrawal from high doses of caffeine can cause withdrawal headaches. ...Read more
Had an headache for three weeks with no help with the over-the-counter medicines please help. What should I do?
R/O TENSION HA: The 4 basic headaches are Tension, Sinus, migraine and cluster. The muscles that originate at the base of the neck insert near the temple. Rest /ice and a darkened room may help. Also a NSAID like Aleve (naproxen) /daypro. Muscle relaxant ie KLONOPIN/ FLEXERIL. Meditation/Yoga/Biofeedback. GF DIET WHOLEAPPROACH. Com You need a full exam an blood work to be through. If symptoms worsen seek medical evaluation ...Read more
I have really bad headaches all the time and no matter what medicines I take it doesn't go away. What should I do?
Unremitting headache: Most headaches easily go away with some rest or otc analgesics. Headaches which dont, or which persist and are very frequent warrant evaluation by your primary care doctor or a neurologist. Depending on the nature of the headache there should be a way to manage it. Sometimes a clinical and health psychologist can help monitor triggers and assist with muscle relaxation and other techniques. ...Read more
Small amount of pressure in LP. Medicine was given. Took me off. Been having headaches. Can the pressure reappear?
It can: You should check LP periodically and adjust medication accordingly. "csf is produced by the choroid plexus, the parenchyma, and the ventricular wall. These structures are capable of producing 400-600 cc's of fluid a day which is enough to completely fill the fluid spaces of the nervous system 4 times over". The CSF turns over about 3.7 times a day. ...Read more
I have been suffering from headache for the past three days, what is the reason for it and what kind of drugs should I take?
Not so simple: Perhaps, you possess an infection, such as a head cold, or urinary tract problem, but might conceivably be a migraine attack, TMJ dysfunction, sinusitis, a secondary ha from neck problems, or even due to nearby nerve compression. Otc drugs such as aleve or tylenol (acetaminophen) might help, but the better question is whether the headache is the start of a future problem. Maybe contact your doctor if continues. ...Read more
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