A number of medications can help treat and prevent migraines and tension headaches.
Most tension headaches can be helped by taking pain relievers such as aspirin, Aleve, Tylenol, or Advil. But be careful! Taking too many of these easy-to-buy pills is a major cause of new, more-difficult-to-treat headaches called rebound or pain reliever-induced headaches. If you need to take these drugs often, see your health care provider. Do not use aspirin in anyone under the age of 19 since it may increase the risk for Reye’s Syndrome.
A class of drugs known as triptans have become the mainstay of migraine treatment. These drugs include naratriptan (Amerge), sumatriptan (Imitrex, Zecuity), rizatriptan (Maxalt), zolmitriptan (Zomig), and others. These drugs come in several forms, including pills, injections, and skin patches.
Wholistic Point Of View
Headaches come in a number of forms, differentiated by their causes and specific symptoms. The appropriate treatment depends on the type of headache. The table below lists some of the more common types of headaches and possible treatments for them.
Headaches Types & Migraines
Arthritis headache Pain at the back of the head or neck, made worse by movement; inflammation of joints and shoulder and/or neck muscles.
Take FEVERFEW supplements.
Caution: Do not use feverfew during pregnancy.
headache Dull pain in forehead and throbbing temples.
lack of exercise.
Severe, throbbing pain on one side of the head, flushing of the face, tearing of eyes, nasal congestion, occurring 1-3 times a day, over a period of weeks or months and lasting from a few minutes to several hours each time.
Treatment: Take supplemental L-tyrosine, DL-phenylalanine, L-glutamine, quercetin. Caution: Do not take L-tyrosine if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug.
Do not take phenylalanine if you are pregnant or suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or phenylketonuria (PKU).
headache Throbbing pain caused by blood vessels that have dilated. Causes: Caffeine
Treatment: Ingest a small amount of caffeine, then taper off.
migraine Similar to common migraine, but preceded by auras such as visual disturbances, numbness
in arms or legs, smelling of strange odors, hallucinations.
of the brain
Adults 5 drops orally, 3 to 5 times daily or as otherwise directed.
If symptoms persist for more than 7 days consult a healthcare professional.
Consult a physician for use in children under 12 years of age.
A pain anywhere in the head…acute or chronic, frontal, temporal, occipital, dull or throbbing…may be an indicator of an underlying health disorder. There are numerous causes: toxins, allergies, infections, nutritional deficiencies, tension, colon abnormalities, liver disorders, hypertension, spinal misalignment, pharmaceuticals, to name a few. For chronic headaches we encourage you to detoxify. Visit our Detoxification page on this site..
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