Medicines for headache

The common medicines used in headache are:

  • Paracetamol
  • Ibuprofen
  • Naproxen
  • Codeine
  • Aspirin
  • Diclofenac
  • Ketorolac etc.

Generally, NSAIDs (Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) are used in treating headaches. Sometimes Opioid analgesics are also prescribed depending upon the severity of the headache.

Initially, the doctor recommends painkillers like Acetaminophen, Ibuprofen. If headaches are more than moderate, opioid analgesics are prescribed. In severe pain like migraine, you are prescribed to take opioids under the strict supervision of doctors. In complicated cases, the doctor may suggest taking an MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) and CT scan (Computerized tomography).


Headache is an unpleasant pain in the head. It leads to fever, fatigue, visual disturbance, uncomfortable movement, dizziness etc.

Headaches maybe caused because of :

  • Migraine
  • Sinus
  • Tension
  • Exposure to lights and electronics for a long time
  • Fever or disease

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How to treat headache at home?

Headache is an common problem that everyone experience. If applied properly, headache may be treated at home by following means:

  • Take rest
  • Avoid stress, negativity
  • Exercise
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Avoid alcohol consumption
  • Sleep properly and adequately
  • Yoga

What is Migraine?

Migraine is a chronic, often one-sided pain in the head. Migraine occurs in episodic form. It is a severe condition usually affecting adults, especially females. Duration of headache may last from few hours to days. There are different types of migraine depending on duration, sites and symptoms you experience. For example, Vestibular migraine, menstrual migraine, abdominal migraine.

Common symptoms of migraine include headache, nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances etc.

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