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Treatment of Headaches

How Do You Treat A Headache?

If you suffer from frequent headache pain, you may see prescription medicine for headaches as your only option for relief. In reality, natural and over-the-counter options can work as effectively for some people, while avoiding the side effects or interactions prescriptions may cause.

Natural Ways to Relieve Headaches

Since some headaches are caused by tension, treatments like acupuncture, physical therapy, massage and chiropractic therapy can be effective. You may know of people who have used herbal preparations, vitamins and supplements as a way to relieve headaches. Some headaches can become worse from dehydration or cold. Drinking plenty of fluids and tea can help ease headache pain and the symptoms of a cold or flu since these illnesses can cause sinus headaches and general aches.

Over-The-Counter Ways to Relieve Headaches

Most over-the-counter pain relievers work well on headaches. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin and naproxen, and any brands that contain these drugs, are meant for pain relief. Caffeine can also help ease headaches and speed the relief by pain medications, so many headache and pain formulations include small amounts of caffeine.

Prescription Medications for Headaches

Your doctor may prescribe medication if you have serious, recurrent headaches, such as migraines and cluster headaches. These medications include:

  • Sumatriptan

    Brands: Imitrex, Zembrace SymTouch

  • Naproxen

    Brands: Naprosyn

  • Indomethacin

    Brands: Tivorbex

  • Chlorpromazine

    Brands: Thorazine

  • Diphenhydramine HCI

    Brands: Benadryl

Some prescription medications can't be taken with other remedies, with caffeine, or shouldn’t be given to children. Always review the side effects and dosage requirements for prescription medication with your doctor to be sure you understand what to expect.

VANQUISH® is indicated for tension headaches. If you have a cluster headache, sinus headache, migraine headache or any other type of headache you may want to consult a doctor.