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Traditional headache specialists have started recommending alternative therapies for migraine sufferers, who often have to soldier through debilitating headaches without much relief.
“There’s clearly a need for better medications to treat migraines,” said Dr. Roger Cady, director of the Headache Care Center in Springfield, MO.
Even the best medication we have doesn’t work for one-third of sufferers. And pain medications can cause rebound headaches if taken too often. So some frustrated migraine patients have turned to natural remedies for help in preventing migraine attacks or minimizing their pain once a headache hits.
The good news is that a handful of supplements have proven to be effective in a number of small studies. Though supplement makers don’t have the big bucks to do large scale studies, smaller studies have convinced some specialists—and many patients—that some of these alt meds are worth a try, especially since they come with a low risk of side effects. Caveat: Always discuss your treatment with a doctor, and don’t take these supplements without consulting a doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Feverfew and ginger: Feverfew, an herb with a long history of use for migraines, has been combined with ginger, a known anti-nausea therapy, in a sublingual tablet called LipiGesic. A recent study, authored by Cady, found that 63% of migraine sufferers using LipiGesic found some relief compared to 39% of those taking a placebo. Of those taking LipGesic, 32% were pain free at two hours after the onset of a migraine, compared to 16 percent of those on placebo.
“These are very respectable improvements and certainly worth a try,” Dr. Cady said.
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Butterbur: Butterbur, another anti-inflammatory herb, has also been fairly well studied, but for preventing migraine attacks. It’s not effective for treating an acute migraine once it starts, said Dr. Frederick Taylor, adjunct professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota. You need to take 75 milligrams twice a day.
Magnesium: When taken daily, magnesium may help reduce the frequency of migraines. The mineral helps to calm nerves, which tend to get overexcited during a migraine. Some studies have found that migraine sufferers tend to be deficient in magnesium. You’ll likely need more than the average multi-vitamin contains or about 400 to 600 milligrams a day. Look for amino acid-chelated magnesium (many brands contain magnesium oxide, which is not absorbed as well). You can also increase your magnesium by eating dark green vegetables, nuts and seeds.
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Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): “We recommend that all our migraine patients take a B complex vitamin,” Cady said. Studies have shown that having adequate vitamin B2 can reduce the frequency of migraines. One theory of migraines is that too many demands are being made on nerve cells, and there’s not enough energy being produced to support the demands. Vitamin B12 (as well as magnesium) play important roles in boosting energy production inside nerve cells, Cady explained. You need about 400 milligrams of riboflavin a day for prevention, which is more than the average multivitamin contains.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency is becoming more common, as people spend more time indoors or avoiding the sun. Whether that is contributing to migraines is unknown, but studies have shown that vitamin D may play a role in the way you perceive pain. Most people can safely take about 2,000 milligrams a day.
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OTC Migraine Medication | American Migraine Foundation
Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, which are accessible and sometimes more affordable than prescription treatments, are a great tool to add to your migraine treatment plan. While OTC medication for migraine don’t require a prescription, they are still medications, and it is important for you to discuss them with your doctor when coming up with a migraine management plan.
Most people with migraine use OTC medication at some point. In fact, by the time the average patient reaches a headache specialist, they have tried more than two OTC treatments. Research also shows that on average, someone with headache received 4.5 medicines over more than 10 years before receiving a medicine developed specifically for migraine.
What are my over-the-counter migraine medication options?
OTC medications range from single ingredient medications like aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen sodium to combination medicines like Excedrin® Migraine. When looking at OTC options, it’s important to also look at the active ingredients. Interestingly, the products sold as Excedrin® Migraine and Excedrin® Menstrual contain identical active ingredients even though they’re advertised for different conditions.
Here are some common OTC medications used to treat migraine, plus their active ingredients:
|Brand or Product Name||Active Ingredients (plus amounts per tablet or capsule)|
|Aleve®||Naproxen sodium 220 mg|
|Advil®||Ibuprofen 200 mg|
|Bayer||Enteric-coated aspirin 325 mg|
|Anacin®||Aspirin 400 mg, caffeine 32 mg|
|Excedrin® Migraine||Aspirin 250 mg, acetaminophen 250 mg, caffeine 65 mg*|
|Excedrin® Tension Headache||Acetaminophen 500 mg, caffeine 65 mg*|
|TYLENOL® Regular Strength
TYLENOL® Extra Strength
TYLENOL® 8 HR Arthritis Pain
|Acetaminophen 325 mg
Acetaminophen 500 mg
Acetaminophen 650 mg
|Motrin® IB||Ibuprofen 200 mg|
|SUDAFED®/SUDAFED PE®||Pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine|
A word on decongestants and “sinus headache”
People with headaches frequently use OTC medicines containing decongestants, which are often sold to treat colds or sinus issues. Heavy advertising encourages the belief that a “sinus headache” is a common problem. Thus people with migraine may believe that their headaches result from sinus problems. Research shows, however, that about 90% of these people have migraine, not sinus problems. While decongestant medication offers some relief for these people, the American Migraine Foundation (AMF) recommends patients use migraine-specific medications where possible.
Learn more about the difference between sinus headache and migraine here.
What should I know about over-the-counter migraine medications?
Just because something is available without a prescription doesn’t mean it’s without risk. It’s important to keep a few guidelines in mind when using OTC medication:
- Read labels and be familiar with active ingredients.
- Follow the directions on the package.
- Be careful with medicines that contain more than one active ingredient.
- Don’t use OTC migraine medications too often, or they can cause medication overuse headache.
- Be careful when mixing medications of the same class, i.e., two NSAIDs like ibuprofen with naproxen or aspirin.
When OTC medications work reliably and are not overused, they can be an effective treatment for some people with headache and migraine. In some cases, though, OTC medicines may make headaches worse or lead to other problems.
Most OTC medicines are suspected of causing Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) if taken consistently for more than two days a week. Caffeine-containing medicines appear especially likely to cause MOH.
People often use more than one OTC or prescription medication with similar or the same active ingredients, unintentionally consuming more of a drug than intended. For example, some medicines for “sinus” headache contain acetaminophen. People may use this “sinus” drug along with other medicines advertised for pain, which also contain acetaminophen.
When someone takes repeated doses of medicine, they can be at a risk of overdose or other consequences due to increased usage. In fact, liver damage from acetaminophen overdose is the leading reason for liver transplants in the U.S. In 2012 the FDA suggested that the maximum daily dose of acetaminophen for adults is three grams — no more than 650 mg every six hours.
How do I know if OTC medications are right for me?
It’s always a good idea to check with your healthcare provider about any medicines you are taking, even those that are OTC. You may have other conditions that affect whether these medicines are right for you. The following chart can provide some clues as to whether or not OTC medications are right for you.
|Probably okay to use*||May not be okay|
|Pain relief||Good: pain is alleviated or greatly improved||Minimal: mild or partial relief of pain|
|Consistency/reliability||Good: works all the time||Variable: sometimes does not work, can’t predict effect|
|Side effects||Few or none||Multiple or long-lasting|
|Frequency of use||Never more than two days a week||More than two days a week on average|
|Duration of use||Never more than listed on the label||Sometimes more frequent than listed on the label|
|Your general health||No major health problems or daily medications||Health problems such as ulcers; kidney or liver troubles; or taking lots of medications for other conditions|
As a general rule, it’s important to visit your doctor to discuss more specific options when OTC medicines are not reliably effective. Indications of ineffectiveness include partial instead of complete pain relief, multiple side effects, requiring medicine more than two days a week or the need to take many doses before achieving headache relief.
The American Migraine Foundation is committed to improving the lives of those living with this debilitating disease. For more of the latest news and information on migraine, visit the AMF Resource Library. For more on advocacy and ways that you can get involved, please visit our Advocacy Hub.
FDA approves new treatment for adults with migraine
- For Immediate Release:
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Ubrelvy (ubrogepant) tablets for the acute (immediate) treatment of migraine with or without aura (a sensory phenomenon or visual disturbance) in adults. Ubrelvy is not indicated for the preventive treatment of migraine. It is the first drug in the class of oral calcitonin gene-related peptide receptor antagonists approved for the acute treatment of migraine.
“Migraine is an often disabling condition that affects an estimated 37 million people in the U.S.,” said Billy Dunn, M.D., acting director of the Office of Neuroscience in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “Ubrelvy represents an important new option for the acute treatment of migraine in adults, as it is the first drug in its class approved for this indication. The FDA is pleased to approve a novel treatment for patients suffering from migraine and will continue to work with stakeholders to promote the development of new safe and effective migraine therapies.”
Migraine headache pain is often described as an intense throbbing or pulsating pain in one area of the head. Additional symptoms include nausea and/or vomiting and sensitivity to light and sound. Approximately one third of individuals who suffer from migraine also experience aura shortly before the migraine. An aura can appear as flashing lights, zig-zag lines, or a temporary loss of vision. Migraines can often be triggered by various factors including stress, hormone changes, bright or flashing lights, lack of food or sleep and diet. Migraine is three times more common in women than in men and affects more than 10% of people worldwide.
The effectiveness of Ubrelvy for the acute treatment of migraine was demonstrated in two randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials. In these studies, 1,439 adult patients with a history of migraine, with and without aura, received the approved doses of Ubrelvy to treat an ongoing migraine. In both studies, the percentages of patients achieving pain freedom two hours after treatment (defined as a reduction in headache severity from moderate or severe pain to no pain) and whose most bothersome migraine symptom (nausea, light sensitivity or sound sensitivity) stopped two hours after treatment were significantly greater among patients receiving Ubrelvy at all doses compared to those receiving placebo. Patients were allowed to take their usual acute treatment of migraine at least two hours after taking Ubrelvy. 23% of patients were taking a preventive medication for migraine.
The most common side effects that patients in the clinical trials reported were nausea, tiredness and dry mouth. Ubrelvy is contraindicated for co-administration with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors.
The FDA granted the approval of Ubrelvy to Allergan USA, Inc.
The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.
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Migraine Headaches: Can Electricity Block Migraines? – Health News
In transcranial magnetic stimulation, a magnetic device is pressed to the back of the head, and brief pulses are delivered, altering electrical activity inside the brain in hopes of halting the migraine before it progresses. This approach is being studied only for patients whose migraines begin with an aura, or premonitory phase, that is typically characterized by flashing lights or other visual disturbances.
Experts say approaches like these represent a powerful new trend in migraine research.
“Since 1990, there have been well over 100 clinical trials for migraine drugs,” said Dr. Lipton, who added that by comparison virtually every stimulatory-device study that has been started is still going.
Some patients who have undergone the treatments say that they have helped.
Cheryl Myers, a mother of two who lives near Columbus, Ohio, said that for 9 or 10 years she suffered from chronic and disabling migraines that forced her to stop working and often confined her to bed.
“The only thing that helped was narcotics,” said Ms. Myers, 49. “But I couldn’t be taking them three or four times a week.”
In 2004, Ms. Myers enrolled in a clinical trial at the Michigan Head-Pain and Neurological Institute, where she had an occipital nerve stimulator surgically implanted.
The pacemakerlike device was placed in her upper buttocks and connected, by way of wires tunneled under the skin, to electrodes at the base of her neck, on either side.
A.D. 41 In ancient Rome doctors treated the throbbing pain of migraine headaches by applying an electric fish like the black torpedo, top, directly to the head. 2006 It doesn’t smell and its shocks are more predictable, but the occipital nerve stimulator, implanted in the head and buttocks, operates on the same principle, bottom.Credit…Top, Corbis; Bottom, Tony Cenicola/The New York Times
Soon after the device was turned on, Ms. Myers said, she began having fewer migraines, and those she did have were less severe. Within a few months, she was also able to return to work several days a week. “I am not headache-free,” she said, adding that she still has “one or two headaches a week” and takes Percocet, a pain-relieving narcotic.
Natural Therapies for Children with Chronic Headaches
- One in 10 young people in the US experiences recurrent
- One in 3 young people ages 10 to 17 who regularly experience headaches are turning to some type of “natural” or integrative medical therapy, which consists of the use of conventional,
complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for prevention and treatment.
What are your responsibilities as a parent when considering a natural therapy for your child?
If you are exploring
natural therapies to treat your child’s headaches, it is important for you to educate yourself fully on the pros and cons of each approach and
discuss the options thoroughly with your child’s pediatrician before you take any action.
Mind and Body Approaches:
Massage therapy may be helpful for a child with chronic daily headaches and includes a variety of techniques in which practitioners manipulate the soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy can be used in conjunction with a healthy diet, regular exercise, stress management, and avoidance of headache triggers. There are relatively few side effects when massage is performed by a trained practitioner, but its use should be discussed with the child’s pediatrician to be sure they know every therapy your child is receiving.
Acupuncture may also benefit a child with headaches. This ancient Chinese remedy involves a practitioner inserting thin needles through the skin, which releases endorphins, and reduces the perception of pain. Treatment usually occurs one or two times a week for 4 to 6 weeks. There are few side effects and many children tolerate acupuncture well with a practitioner trained in treating children. Due to needle insertion, rarely mild bleeding and bruising can be seen. Infection is very rare.
Biofeedback is one of the treatments researched most extensively for migraines. It measures body functions so that the child can learn to control them. For example, a biofeedback device may show tension in a child’s neck muscles in the back of the head that are causing the headaches. By watching how these measurements change, the child becomes more aware of when his or her muscles are tense and learns to relax them. Several biofeedback programs and devices are available in clinics or at medical centers, but also available for home use. Biofeedback is generally safe to use and does not have any harmful side effects.
Guided imagery, self-hypnosis, or relaxation can be helpful for preventing headaches. Children are often great at this technique, as it uses their imagination and mental images to promote relaxation. Some pediatricians are trained in these relaxation skills or may refer you to another trained practitioner who work with your child.
Dietary Supplements for Headache Prevention:
Certain nutritional and herbal
dietary supplements have been studied for prevention or decreasing the pain that comes with headaches.
All dietary supplements should be discussed with the child’s pediatrician before use.
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
Riboflavin is a B-vitamin that may reduce the number of headaches and pain. Rare side effects may include diarrhea, increased amount of urination, and yellowish discoloration of urine.
Magnesium supplements may also help reduce the number of headaches if taken for several months. Magnesium deficiency is related to factors that promote headaches. Teens who get migraines may have lower levels of magnesium in their bodies than those who do not. The typical diet of an American teenager may be deficient in magnesium-rich foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, beans, seeds, nuts, and whole grains. Magnesium supplements can cause diarrhea and may interact with some medications. They should be used only under the supervision of your child’s pediatrician.
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an antioxidant present in each cell of our bodies; however, it was found to be deficient in one third of children with migraines. Taken as a dietary supplement, it may help lower the frequency of headaches. It is generally well-tolerated by children without significant side effects. Rare and mild GI symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased appetite, and heartburn have occurred.
Butterbur is an herb extract that may reduce the number and severity of migraine headaches. The most common side effects include fatigue, belching, nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, itchy eyes or skin, and allergic reaction for those children allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds or daisies. Raw butterbur contains chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). PAs can damage the liver and kidneys and result in serious illness. Only butterbur products that are certified as PA-free should be used.
A Final Reminder:
If you’ve made the decision to seek a natural therapy for your child’s headaches, it is of utmost importance to involve your child’s pediatrician in the process. He or she may also be able to assist in evaluating your child’s response to that treatment.
Additional Information on HealthyChildren.org:
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
90,000 10 ways to get rid of headaches without pills
A large number of people are faced with the fact that with frequent headaches, various painkillers do not help at all. The head may ache due to nervous tension, colds, etc. Sometimes a headache takes a person by surprise when there are no pharmacies nearby, or it occurs so often that it is unsafe to use various medications.
Patients are often allergic to medicines.In such cases, safe treatments should be tried.
Overwork and lack of sleep are common causes of headaches. In this case, of course, you need to sleep well. At the time of sleep, it is advisable to open the window or pre-ventilate the room.
Gentle massage should start from the forehead and move towards the back of the head, then go to the ears and neck.
Lavender scent helps relieve headaches, relaxing and relieving tension.You can also use peppermint oil by rubbing it into your scalp for 10 minutes.
Fresh air is an excellent remedy for headaches, so you need to open the windows wider, and even better walk. Alternatively, you can sit on your balcony or porch.
Water treatments relieve spasmodic headaches and relieve tension in the neck and head. Take a warm bath with lemon juice, sea salt, lavender, mint essential oil, or marjoram.
A cold compress will help to constrict blood vessels, thereby relieving headaches. After wrapping a few ice cubes in a towel, keep it on the sides of your head and around your neck for 10-15 minutes.
Headache often occurs due to insufficient amount of fluid in the body. A glass of still water will help relieve unpleasant symptoms.
Irregular eating also causes headaches, affecting blood glucose levels.Therefore, when the headache manifests itself, you need to eat something hot. For example, porridge or soup.
To get rid of unpleasant symptoms or significantly reduce them, you need to lie down in complete silence for 10-15 minutes, be sure to close your eyes. In this case, absolutely nothing should be done.
Gentle and quiet music will distract from unpleasant sensations and relieve headaches. Having settled down pleasantly, it is desirable to listen to music for 15-20 minutes.
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How do headache tablets work?
Have you ever wondered what happens to a pill after you take it? When it enters the body, the tablet goes through 4 stages: absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion.
After the tablet enters the gastrointestinal tract, it is absorbed into the bloodstream. The circulatory system then distributes the drug throughout the body. Side effects may occur at this stage.
After the distribution of the drug throughout the body, the process of splitting or metabolism begins. The amount of time a drug remains in the body prior to the onset of the degradation process depends on the substance and the route of administration. All substances that enter the bloodstream, regardless of how they are administered, are ultimately transported to the liver, where the metabolic process takes place.
Although the liver is the main site for drug metabolism, this process can also occur in other tissues and organs, such as the kidneys, lungs, etc. After the end of the metabolic process, the drug is excreted from the body, mainly in the urine and / or feces.
This is a standard mechanism. However, each medication has its own characteristics – some tablets should be placed under the tongue, and not just sucked, while others should have a special acid-resistant shell that does not dissolve under the action of gastric juice.
For example, consider how aspirin and ibuprofen, the most common headache medications, work. These drugs are inhibitors, they block the production of physiologically active substances such as prostaglandins, when the level of which increases, a person feels pain. In addition, they are easily absorbed, metabolized and excreted by the body.
What you need to know about medicines for headache?
For the two main types of headaches – migraines and tension headaches – experts recommend taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.so-called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Such funds are intended mainly for the removal of inflammation, pain relief and temperature reduction.
However, if symptomatic medications are used more than twice a week, you should see a doctor who will prescribe prophylactic medications for headaches. Overuse of symptomatic medications can cause drug-induced headaches that are difficult to treat.
When it comes to remedies for tension headaches, medications can relieve it, but they are not the only option.Relieve or prevent headaches by making lifestyle changes such as getting enough sleep and rest, eating well, being active, going for walks in the fresh air, and managing emotional well-being and stress.
To reduce the frequency and severity of chronic migraine attacks when pain is not relieved by pain relievers or other therapies, your doctor may prescribe blood pressure medications, anticonvulsants, muscle relaxants, and even Botox injections.
How does botulinum toxin, better known as botox, work? Everyone knows that Botox injections relax muscles and help smooth out wrinkles. When migraine sufferers used Botox to smooth wrinkles, they saw a significant reduction in headache.
Therefore, scientists began to study the effect of such injections on migraine headaches. Botox has been found to help relieve headaches by blocking chemicals called neurotransmitters that transmit pain signals from the brain.Botox is like a checkpoint along the way. It stops chemicals before they reach the nerve endings of the head and neck. To stop the migraine attacks, it will take about 30-40 injections over 3-4 months. However, the results will appear within 2-3 weeks after the start of treatment.
Most migraines are treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, but if they don’t work, your doctor may prescribe triptan medications. These drugs are effective even for difficult migraines, but they will not work for other headaches.Therefore, doctors warn that drugs in this group should be taken only with full confidence that the patient has a migraine, and not another type of headache.
90,000 6 ways to get rid of headaches without drugs
We live in an age of technology, high speeds and a changing climate. Urbanization, which was actively gaining momentum in the early 20th century and accelerated even more in the middle, has led to the fact that most of the world’s population lives in cities.And if life in small towns is even more or less measured, then life in regional centers and millionaire cities is filled with various events, not all of which are pleasant.
Traffic jams, a catastrophic lack of time for the necessary things, all this is superimposed on a person’s life by constant stress, lack of sleep, which can sometimes turn into insomnia.
In addition, constant weather surprises leave their mark.With sudden changes in pressure, a huge number of people begin to experience discomfort in the form of headaches. A headache can appear for a variety of reasons: whether it is internal excitement associated with some significant event (passing a driving test) or overwork (a busy working day), or even an uncomfortable position while sleeping.
There can be many reasons for headaches. Most importantly, never have a headache. And never treat her as something insignificant: “it will hurt, it will hurt and it will pass.” Frequent headaches are a sign that a person needs to see a specialist. Often, headaches are a sign of serious illnesses, so you should be sensitive to your body. No one but us will take care of him better than ourselves.
But if headaches are infrequent and you are sure that the whole point is simple overwork or excessive excitement, and you are not going to drink pills and endure a headache, we recommend that you learn about six simple ways to get rid of a headache.
This method has been known since the time of the first people. It is so simple that we sometimes do not even think about its effectiveness, although we often think of it during many illnesses, saying “sleep is the best medicine” . Rest and sleep are one of the main ways to deal with headaches. Putting all business aside and plunging into sleep for only 20-30 minutes, we will feel a significant relief of the general condition, and sometimes even complete disappearance of the headache.
A person can live without water for only a couple of days. Water is an essential component of all life on Earth. Did you know that a glass of water can help you cope with a headache? One of the causes of headaches is a person’s non-compliance with the water and drinking regime. It’s easy to pour clean water into a glass and drink it in small sips. After the glass is empty, sit down and relax for 15-20 minutes.At the same time, it is advisable that the room in which you are located was filled with fresh air, or, in other words, it was ventilated.
This method is also associated with water. But now we will not drink it, but fill the bathtub with it. No bath, no problem. We will use a warm (not hot!) Shower. We don’t have the strength to take a warm bath or a warm shower, well, then we will fill the foot bath with hot (already hot here!) Water.By the way, when you fill your bath, you can add a little essential oil or a pinch of sea salt to it. Most importantly, all of this together gives you a relaxing effect that relieves headaches.
As you already understood, the main remedy for headaches is maximum relaxation of the whole body. And what in this world can give maximum relaxation to the body? Relaxing massage, of course.If a person close to you is next to you and you have half an hour, and your head hurts and does not allow you to live fully, ask this person to give you a head massage. Or do it yourself. Warning: Massage the head with light and smooth movements . No strong pressing, indentation or other inappropriate use of force is allowed. Remember that professional massage (the so-called therapeutic) is the lot of those who studied it.Start with simple, smooth movements from the forehead to the back of the head, as if you were brushing your hair back. Then continue from the top of the head to the back of the head, gradually continuing the trajectory down to the neck. The main thing here is smoothness and ease of movement. The tactile sensations of the skin and hair will do the trick – the same relaxing effect will come, which will help relieve headaches.
This method is tied to chemistry, namely ethers.Aromatherapy or the use of essential oils. This method is as old as the Egyptian pyramids. In this case, it is not necessary to put essential oils in the aroma lamp. You can simply rub them into your temples in a circular motion or apply them to the back of your head. Try rosemary, orange, lemon, neroli oils. Do not forget about the Vietnamese balm we know as “star”. Remember, during these procedures, you need to think only of the good, be calm and relaxed, completely trusting yourself with the healing aromas.However, this method of getting rid of headaches may not be suitable for allergy sufferers.
Music is a great invention of people. Scientists say that music can stimulate many processes in living organisms. Music is used in animal husbandry to improve, for example, the milk yield of livestock. But we will try to use music to relieve our headache. The main thing is to choose the right music.How to do it? Remember, music should be relaxing. She should help you move away from a world filled with stress, worries, and everyday activities. She should help you to plunge into your world, filled with the harmony of a happy life. Therefore, the music should be calm and resemble natural sounds of nature that you enjoy.
So, we’ve just learned six easy ways to get rid of headaches. They are simple, but they require one thing – time.Therefore, it is necessary to find this time. Think about why your body needs the extra chemicals that are present in medicines when you are in a position to manage your own health. However, if these methods are ineffective and headache recurs, you should immediately consult a doctor.
Author: Ekaterina Solovieva
Please note that the information presented on the site is for informational and educational purposes and is not intended for self-diagnosis and self-medication.The choice and prescription of drugs, treatment methods, as well as control over their use can only be carried out by the attending physician. Be sure to consult with a specialist.
The head can be ache under various circumstances – from a cold, exertion or any other reason. Sometimes the headache occurs so often that it becomes unsafe to use medication.What then is to be done? How to relieve a headache without resorting to medicines – improvised and folk remedies?
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/ – For headaches due to overexertion, allergies, cramps or colds, cold helps. Wrap the ice with a towel or soak a linen napkin in cold water, apply to your forehead and temples.
Caution: Do not use ice without wrapping it in a towel. This will cause vasospasm and, with a little relief, will only increase the pain.
If the headache is associated with circulatory disorders due to cervical osteochondrosis or muscle spasm, the blood supply to the head is impaired. It is necessary to expand the vessels by applying a heating pad with hot water to the neck area or taking a hot shower on the neck area.
Often the head hurts from banal hypoxia, especially during the heating season, when the heaters burn out the oxygen we need so much.Airing every hour for five minutes or walking for half an hour helps. If you don’t feel like walking, go to the balcony, breathe deeply and slowly for 10 minutes.
Headache often occurs due to lack of sleep and overwork. Then just lie down and close your eyes, try to fall asleep, or at least take a couple of hours nap. Open a window (window) during sleep or simply pre-ventilate the room and keep it moist and cool in the bedroom.
Helps to relieve pain by massaging the point above the bridge of the nose, on the line of growth of the eyebrows.There are two symmetrical points – these are small dimples in the places where the eyebrows end, they must be massaged at the same time.
Rubbing or massaging the earlobes until warm or a sharp squeeze of the earlobes is often helpful.
Sometimes massage of the collar zone, neck and head, especially its scalp, helps. Rub them until warm, and it is also useful to run your fingers into your hair and massage the roots of your hair with the pads until you feel relief.
The scent of lavender helps with headaches – it relaxes and relieves tension. If you don’t like lavender, mint will help – it also relieves stress and soothes the nerves, from which overexcitement sometimes hurts the head. It is recommended to rub peppermint oil into the scalp for ten minutes. If there is no peppermint oil, you can use fresh mint leaves: grind them into gruel and apply, rubbing gently, to the area of the temples, nape and crown.
Prohibited painkillers can be replaced by other drugs – Rossiyskaya Gazeta
With the beginning of summer, it will be impossible to buy without a prescription over the whole country painkillers or antitussive drugs containing codeine.
These are cough and pain relievers. Such as Nurofen Plus, Pentalgin-N, Kaffetin, Codelak, Solpadein, Terpinkod. Now pharmacies are obliged to dispense them strictly according to prescriptions, moreover, of a rather strict form N 148, with a red stripe. When purchasing the drug, these prescriptions remain in the pharmacy and must be kept there for three years.
The ban was introduced by a government decree adopted a year ago. The fact is that drug addicts bought pills with codeine in droves in order to “cook” from them the hard drug desomorphine – an alternative to expensive heroin.
Not only is the addiction to desomorphine no easier than the heroin addiction. But it is not by chance that drug addicts called desomorphine “home-made” a “crocodile”. This substance leads to the fact that non-healing ulcers appear on the patient’s arms and legs, the person begins to rot alive, and there is only one way to escape – amputation.
In 20 regions, local authorities introduced the dispensing of codeine-containing drugs by prescription, without waiting for the federal regulation to come into force. As a result, the “crocodile” has calmed down there – there are fewer cases of severe poisoning, the number of crimes committed “high” has decreased.
“Self-medication is harmful,” says the head of the Pharmacy Guild Elena Nevolina. “A one-time intake of pain pills is still all right. But if, for example, you have to regularly relieve headaches and it seems to you that only codeine pills help, this is a direct reason to contact To the doctor. Codeine itself does not relieve pain, it only enhances the effect of other substances included in the pill. But it really causes addiction. Therefore, we, pharmacists, supported the decision to ban. ”
Prescriptions will streamline the sale of these drugs and bring ethical dealers in check.Indeed, by and large, a pharmacist in a pharmacy always sees who came to him for a medicine – an ordinary patient or drug addict.
It is also good that it was decided that such medications should not be prescribed on ordinary forms of 107th form, which are returned to the consumer’s hands, but on forms of form N 148 – they are subject to stricter accounting. True, the corresponding order of the Ministry of Health has not yet been issued, but in the near future, as the ministry assured us, both doctors and pharmacies will be given all the necessary explanations and recommendations.
As for patients, I have not heard from my colleagues that in regions where the ban is already in force, buyers complained about the difficulties in purchasing such drugs.
The arsenal of painkillers is large. These are both monopreparations and combined ones. Manufacturers also managed to reorganize within a year. For example, pentalgin is available with or without codeine. “
How to relieve pain
How it works. Well relieves pain, brings down the temperature in case of a cold.Inflammation does not heal.
Pluses . Relatively harmless. In tablets, it is often supplemented with caffeine, and then the patient feels a surge of energy. Paracetamol works well for stress-related headaches. But the migraine does not relieve. It does not irritate the stomach, therefore it is well tolerated by patients with gastritis.
Cons. Negatively affects the liver and kidneys. Contraindicated in people who have problems with them.
Application. Before meals with water.Average dose for an adult: 0.2 g three times a day, no longer than three days in a row.
Application for children and pregnant women. There are baby varieties, usually in syrup. Expectant mothers are also treated with it.
How it works. Generic medicine. Good antipyretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory. Reduces blood clotting.
Pluses. In terms of the effect of acute respiratory infections and influenza, it is superior to paracetamol. Relieves pain in the spine, joints and muscles.Indispensable for a hangover. Sometimes it relieves migraine attacks. Together with paracetamol, it is part of “tomapirin” – a strong pain reliever.
Cons. Irritating to stomach, can cause gastric bleeding even in a healthy person. Therefore, it is worth giving preference to soluble forms. Aspirin is categorically contraindicated for everyone who suffers from gastrointestinal diseases.
Application. Only after meals with alkaline mineral water.An insoluble tablet can be crushed into powder beforehand.
Application for children and pregnant women. Aspirin is not recommended for children under 16 years of age; it sometimes causes a special form of central nervous system disorder in them. It is categorically contraindicated in the first three months of pregnancy.
How it works. Well-known, time-tested pain reliever, has a strong antipyretic effect. Does not save from inflammation.
Pluses. Effective for severe bruises and toothache.
Cons. Influences blood composition: reduces the number of leukocytes.
Application. Before meals, with water. Do not use for more than three days without consulting a doctor.
Application for children and pregnant women. Cannot be given to a child without a doctor’s prescription. Pregnant women are also better off doing without it.
How works. Powerful pain reliever, relieves inflammation.
Pluses. Effective for postoperative pain, radiculitis, arthritis, the effects of sports injuries and bruises. Helps with painful periods and severe PMS with calf cramps and edema. Relieves constricting headaches. It is not used for acute respiratory infections and influenza.
Cons. Irritating to stomach, decreases leukocyte count. In rare cases, it reduces blood clotting.
Application. After meals with water.
Application for children and pregnant women. Should not be given to a child without a doctor’s prescription. In the first three months of pregnancy, it is categorically contraindicated.
How it works. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. It has an analgesic, antipyretic effect. Relieves inflammatory pain.
Pluses. It works well for joint diseases (rheumatoid and other types of arthritis, osteochondrosis).Relieves pain in myalgia, migraine. Helps relieve toothache.
Cons. Do not use for gastritis, hepatic and renal failure. There are many contraindications – you need to carefully read the instructions.
Application for children and pregnant women. For expectant and lactating mothers, use with caution. Children 6 – 12 months. prescribed only on the recommendation of a doctor.
Heading health: treating headaches
Headache is one of the most complex and, at the same time, very common problems in medicine, a symptom of various diseases.The nature and location of pain depends directly on the causes that caused it. Every sixth person on the planet occasionally suffers from headaches, but few know how to cope with this problem.
What are the most common causes of headaches?
More often than others, tension headache (HDN) occurs, which is a consequence of psychoemotional disorders and is noted in more than 90% of the population.
A viral infection can often be the cause of the headache.Stress can lead to a similar condition.
Headache is often associated with impaired intracranial circulation, excess or congestion of blood. A steady increase in blood pressure leads to the development of peripheral vascular spasm, which manifests itself not only in headaches, but also in pain in the heart, etc.
The cause of neuralgic pain is most often cervical osteochondrosis, colds and some other infectious diseases.
In some women, the headache occurs during periods that coincide with the onset of the menstrual cycle.
How do migraines and daily tension headaches manifest?
Migraine is a very common type of headache. It manifests itself with the following symptoms: pain in one side of the head, nausea, vomiting, sounds, odors, often accompanied by visual disturbances that develop before the onset of the headache.
Unlike migraine, tension headache is characterized by the presence of one of the following symptoms:
– the duration of a headache episode should be at least 30 minutes.Usually with episodic HDN – from 30 minutes to 7 days. With chronic HDN, daily, almost incessant headaches are also possible;
– the nature of the headache is not pulsating, but squeezing, constricting, squeezing;
– the localization of the headache is always bilateral. In this case, one side may hurt more intensely. The localization of the headache found a very figurative reflection in the descriptions of the patients: “the head seems to be clamped in a vice”, “crushed by a hoop, helmet, helmet”;
– the headache is not aggravated by the usual daily physical activity, but it negatively affects the professional and daily activities of patients;
When should I see a doctor?
If you have rare headaches that do not cause much discomfort, then you can cope with them yourself.It is recommended to see a doctor for recurrent headaches, for headaches that have appeared after a head injury in the past 18 months, and for severe headaches that last more than 3 days. If the headache is accompanied by nausea and vomiting, if the pain is very sharp or acute, if the headache is accompanied by fever, weakness of the arms and legs or their numbness, difficulty speaking, blurred vision, uneven gait, then immediate medical attention is required.Only a doctor will be able to accurately determine the cause of headaches, if necessary, conducting additional examinations. The doctor will prescribe the appropriate treatment, and in some cases will offer hospitalization for a detailed examination and selection of therapy.
What tests are available to diagnose headaches?
When examining, it is necessary to take into account all possible factors of headache of any origin, including vascular, infectious and other factors.Headaches, especially in women, can be triggered by hormonal imbalances, so some hormone levels need to be quantified. In order to diagnose violations of the blood supply to the brain tissues, which are a common cause of headaches, a study of the vessels of the brain and neck should be carried out.
What are the treatments for headache?
Treatment of migraine, as well as treatment of headache of any origin, consists, first of all, in eliminating the cause that caused it.
Today, there are various methods of treatment: with the use of drugs and without them (alternative). The method of treatment should be selected in conjunction with a neurologist who will collect information about the history of the disease, clinical manifestations, and, taking into account age, gender and symptoms, will offer the most effective and safe treatment option.
What methods of headache prevention are there?
– If you suffer from chronic headache, then in addition to medicines, you should pay attention to the quality of nutrition, so as not to overload the stomach.Eat at about the same time, 3-6 times a day, in small portions. Avoid spices, seasonings, processed foods. Apples are good, no matter what causes the headache.
– It is good to drink a glass of water before breakfast (warm in winter, cold in summer) with a teaspoon of honey.
– Try to follow the regime. Get enough sleep, go to bed and wake up at the same time, and exercise regularly or exercise regularly.
– if you smoke, it is recommended to quit this addiction as soon as possible.
– Avoid stress as much as possible.
– Do not tune in to the bad, learn to smile at others and at yourself!
90,000 After the pills, the head hurts: reasons what to do
What does a person who has a headache do? The options are different. Someone is looking for the cause of the pain, someone “drowns out” the pain with pills. Did you know that the head can hurt when you take certain medications, moreover, those that should help with headaches?
Which pills can cause headaches and why? A neurologist at the Clinic Expert Stavropol, Anna Petrovna Stamo, told us about this and many other things.
– Anna Petrovna, the causes of headache are many, and they are varied: from banal overwork to serious circulatory disorders and tumors in the brain. And can a headache from pills?
– Of course it can. This is the so-called drug (or drug-induced, abusal) headache. It accounts for up to 15% of all headaches. May appear from improper or excessive intake of pills. However, it must also be remembered that the head can also hurt when the patient takes the medicine in full accordance with the doctor’s prescription.Therefore, in each case, it is important to correctly select the therapy for various types of headaches.
A headache is called cephalalgia in medical terms.
– Please tell us which pills can cause a headache?
– There are many of them. Oddly enough, most often drug headache develops due to prolonged uncontrolled use of painkillers. In addition, abusal cephalalgia is observed when taking medications from the group of calcium channel blockers, corticosteroids, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), amino acid inhibitors, and others.The list of these drugs is long, many of them are available without a prescription, so more and more often we have to deal with drug headaches due to the uncontrolled use of drugs.
– Why does the pill hurt a head? Is this common to all people?
– Medicinal headache can develop in any person, but some experts note that it is more often affected by patients with migraines, depression, increased anxiety, people who are overweight and are highly sensitive to pain.Headache can result from the direct pharmacological action of the drug (for example, vasoconstrictors can cause an increase in blood pressure and, as a result, cephalalgia). Pain can also occur as a side effect due to prolonged use of symptomatic pain relievers.
In some people, headache develops after improper cessation of taking a number of drugs, namely: analgesics, exogenous hormones, antidepressants, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.A kind of “withdrawal syndrome” develops.
– Can you have a headache, for example, from hormonal contraceptive pills? And if so, why does this happen?
– Maybe. Some women, after taking birth control pills, have a headache because they contain the synthetic female sex hormone estrogen.
I would like to note that a contraceptive is always selected by a doctor after a complete medical examination. If a woman starts taking birth control pills and has a headache, it is necessary to consult a gynecologist.
– How to recognize that the head hurts precisely from taking the pills, and not for some other reason?
– It is important to remember that when headaches occur, it is necessary not only to eliminate the symptom, but to find the root cause of the disease. In this case, a specialist consultation is required (neurologist, cephalgologist).
To recognize a drug-induced headache, the doctor first of all collects an anamnesis (information preceding the onset of a symptom or pathological condition).It is mandatory to collect a medical history, which includes all the details about the medications taken by the patient, their dosages, and the frequency of use. I recommend that patients keep a diary of headaches and medications they take – this allows them to identify the connection of the headache with one of them. If, for example, the head hurts for more than 15 days a month, or the patient has taken more than 10 analgesic tablets during this period, this is a signal of possible drug cephalalgia.
Another important sign indicating a possible medicinal nature of headache is the number of patient consultations with different doctors and the number of unsuccessful attempts to prescribe treatment.The more there are, the higher the likelihood of such a diagnosis.
If necessary, additional examination methods are prescribed to exclude other types of cephalgia.
– What to do if the patient has a headache after taking the pills? After all, if the doctor prescribed them, then the patient needs them?
– First of all, you need to take it as a rule: for any changes in health, you should consult a doctor. The trouble is, patients often self-medicate.Especially in cases where it is necessary to get rid of pain of any kind, which reduces the quality of life. It is important to remember that the wrong selection of the drug, its dosage, frequency of administration may not only be useless, but also worsen the condition. You cannot start taking medications without consulting a doctor, relying on the experience of relatives and friends. If a person takes drugs uncontrollably for a long time, this is fraught with the development of drug abuse that requires serious treatment.
Now about the appointment of pills by the doctor.As I said above, there is an individual reaction of the human body to the active substance of certain drugs, their dosage. Therefore, the doctor always monitors the dynamics of treatment. For example, if a patient with hypertension is prescribed therapy, and after these “pressure pills” he has a headache (as patients often call them), you should definitely contact your doctor to adjust the treatment regimen.
– Are there remedies for medication headaches? If so, which ones?
– Of course they are.First of all, you should stop the uncontrolled intake of painkillers. If headaches are caused by other drugs, you should seek the advice of your doctor. Sometimes it is enough to change the dosage or replace the drug with analogues in order to relieve a person from excruciating pain. Detoxification therapy is carried out if necessary.
I would like to note that medications are prescribed based on the intensity of the headache. It is rated on a scale from 0 to 10 points.With a headache intensity of up to 5 points, non-drug correction methods are used (rest, walks, sleep, exercise therapy, massage, acupuncture, yoga, etc.). If the patient assesses his pain above 5 points, appropriate drug therapy is selected.
Interviewed by Sevilya Ibraimova
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Stamo Anna Petrovna
Graduate of the Nizhny Novgorod State Medical Academy of the Federal Agency for Healthcare and Social Development, specialty “General Medicine” 2009
In 2015, she took refresher courses in the specialty “Neurology”
Currently works as a neurologist at the “Expert Clinic” Stavropol.