Types of Headaches

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common form of headache and will affect two out of three people at some point in their lives. The pain is often described as ‘a tight band’ or ‘vise’ felt on both sides of the head. It is usually mild or moderate in intensity and typically lasts 4 to 6 hours. Muscles of the neck and shoulders may also feel sore.


Migraines, another type of headache, are characterized by severe pain on one side of the head, nausea, and sensitivity to light, sound, or movement. About 20% of migraines are preceded by an “aura” such as flashing lights or decreased vision. The onset of pain is gradual and most migraines last between 4 and 72 hours. Women are 3 times more likely than men to experience a migraine headache. Migraine symptoms are often treated with prescription products.

Cluster Headaches

Less common than migraines, cluster headaches are characterized by brief recurring episodes of intense pain on one side of the face and are associated with tearing of the eyes or a runny nose.

Rarely, headaches are caused by irritation or swelling of structures in the face, skull, or brain. These conditions are associated with more serious underlying medical problems and often require prompt evaluation by a doctor. For example, bacterial meningitis causes a severe headache that is accompanied by a high fever, neck stiffness, and sensitivity to bright light. Sinus headache pain is felt in the cheeks and forehead. It may become more intense when bending forward or lying down. The headache of temporal arteritis can be associated with scalp tenderness and decreased vision.

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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.