Headache is a common health condition many people have.
Frequent or severe headaches can strongly interfere with daily activities and decrease quality of life.
According to Lauren A. Aymen, D.O., a neurologist and headache specialist from Michigan Medicine, it is possible to find over-the-counter drugs and supplements to treat a headache.
She recommends people with a headache to use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs).
NSAIDs are more powerful compared to acetaminophen because they can reduce inflammation. Some examples include Motrin, Aleve or Advil.
She suggests people use the maximum dose as directed on the bottle. More importantly, the medication should be taken early once the headache begins.
It is important to avoid an overdose. People need to avoid taking over-the-counter medications more than two to three times per week for their headache.
Frequent use of these drugs may cause side effects. If patients need to use drugs more than a few times per week, they should visit their doctors.
It is possible that prescription drugs are needed to reduce their headache symptoms.
The researcher also suggests that magnesium supplements may help people who experience a headache at least 15 days per month.
It is possible that low levels of magnesium in their brain contribute to their headache.
She recommends magnesium oxide or magnesium glycinate. Patients need to look out for side effects such as loose stool or diarrhea.
Other supplements that may be helpful for headache prevention include riboflavin (vitamin B-2), Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) and omega-3 fatty acids.
Finally, if OTC medications or supplements are not effective, people need to visit their doctors and get better treatment.
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