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Drugs for Headache Pain Relief

Drugs for Headache Pain Relief



Drugs for Headache Pain Relief


Pain relievers are typically the first medications recommended by doctors for migraines and headaches. While many of these medications are over-the-counter, or available without a prescription, other headache medications require a prescription.
If you use symptomatic relief medications more than twice a week, you should consult your doctor, who can prescribe preventive headache medications. Overusing symptomatic medications can worsen headache symptoms or cause more frequent headaches.
Migraine or headache medications include:




Generic Name

Use

Possible Side Effects

Acetaminophen

Pain relief

Headache treatment

 

Few side effects if taken as directed, although they may include: changes in blood counts and liver damage

Aspirin

Pain relief

Headache treatment

 

Heartburn, gastrointestinal bleeding, bronchospasm or constriction that causes narrowing of the airways, anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reaction), ulcers

Fenoprofen


Prevention of tension headaches; migraines; hormone headaches

 

Nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, dizziness, drowsiness

Flurbiprofen

Prevention of tension headaches; migraines. Treatment of tension headache; migraines

Gastrointestinal upset, drowsiness, dizziness, vision problems, ulcers

Ibuprofen

Treatment of tension headache; migraines


Gastrointestinal upset, gastrointestinal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, rash, liver damage

 

Ketoprofen

Prevention of tension headaches; migraines. Treatment of migraines

Gastrointestinal upset, gastrointestinal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, rash, liver damage

Nabumetone

Prevention of tension headaches; migraines

Constipation, heartburn, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting

Naproxen

Prevention of tension headaches; hormone headaches. Treatment of migraines


Gastrointestinal upset, gastrointestinal bleeding, nausea, vomiting, rash, liver damage

 

Ketorolac

Treatment of tension headache


Gastrointestinal upset, drowsiness, dizziness, vision problems, ulcers

 

Meclofenamate

Treatment of tension headache

 


Nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, dizziness, drowsiness

 

 

Carisoprodol

Treatment of tension headache


Dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, headache, nervousness, skin rash, bleeding

 

 

Orphenadrine citrate

Treatment of tension headache


Drowsiness, dizziness, headache, nervousness, blurred vision

 

Methocarbamol

Treatment of tension headache

Dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, darkening of urine

Cyclobenzaprine HCL

Treatment of tension headache

Dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness

Metaxalone

Treatment of tension headache

Drowsiness, dizziness, headache, nervousness

 

 

Pain relievers over-the-counter for headaches


When used as directed, over-the-counter pain relievers are safe. However, the following precautions should be observed:

  • Each product should be identified by its active ingredients. Carefully read the label.
  • Do not exceed the prescribed dosage.
  • Be cautious about how you use pain relievers and all medications. It's easy to over-medicate.
  • You should consult your doctor before taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) if you have a bleeding problem, asthma recently had surgery or dental surgery, are undergoing surgery, ulcers, kidney or liver disorders, or take any other blood thinners.
  • Acetaminophen should not be taken by people with kidney or liver problems.


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