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Headache medicine is a group of medications is given for the relief of symptoms associated with headache. This includes the pain associated with headaches or the nausea and vomiting associated with migraine headaches. People who are prone to having headaches may develop a pattern of daily or almost-daily headaches. In some people, migraine-type headache attacks may become so frequent that they finally blend together with no clear-cut beginning or end. Daily or almost daily use of over-the-counter medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, narcotics, barbiturates and caffeine-containing medications; or prescription medications such as the triptans, appears to interfere with the brain centres that regulate the flow of pain messages to the nervous system and may make your headache worse.
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Globally, it has been estimated that prevalence among adults of current headache disorder is 47%. Half to three quarters of the adults aged 18–65 years in the world have had headache in the last year and among those individuals, more than 10% have reported migraine. Headache on 15 or more days every month affects 1.7–4% of the world’s adult population. Despite regional variations, headache disorders are a worldwide problem, affecting people of all ages, races, income levels and geographical areas. There are approximately 45 million Americans complaining of headaches each year. That works out to about one in every six people or 16.5% of the population. Around 16 to 17 % of the population complains of migraines. In the UK, there are an estimated 190,000 migraine attacks every day, The Migraine Trust, 2004 reported that over a third (34.3%) of migraine sufferers face difficulties or discrimination at work because of their condition.
In 2000, over 86 million Americans were afflicted with pain causing an economic loss of US$90 billion annually. Within this group, about 40 million suffer from chronic pain, 28 million are afflicted with migraine headaches, and 1.5 million suffer neuropathic pain. 35 million (12.6%) of North Americas suffer from migraines, resulting in $17 billion economic costs or 100 million bedridden days. The Migraine Drug Market Will Increase from $3.3 Billion in 2011 to $5.8 Billion in 2021 in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan. Market for migraine therapies to increase from $3.3 billion in 2011 to $5.8 billion in 2021 in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Japan.
Stress and muscle tension are some of the most common triggers of a headache .Headaches are very common. In fact, they are estimated to affect up to 95 % of women and 90 % of men at least once in their life.
There are several types of headache like:
Each type of headache has its own distinctive characteristics. In many cases they can be treated easily with medications or other options. A headache is pain or discomfort in the head, neck or scalp. Almost headaches are due to migraine, tension or both. Serious underlying causes of headache like a stroke or a tumor are extremely rare despite the fact that many people worry about these possibilities. Most people with headaches can feel much better by making lifestyle changes including learning ways to relax and occasionally by taking medications.
The following drugs and medications are in some way related to or used in the treatment of headache. The service should be used as a supplement to and not a substitute for the expertise, knowledge, skill and judgment of healthcare practitioners. Advil, Aleve, Esgic, Naprosyn, Motrin. The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for headache as their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed .However there may be cultural, historical or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Headache 5-hydroxytryptophan, damiana, dong quai.
A number of analgesic drugs that act to relieve headaches when taken as directed can actually make the headaches worse if it is used over. In this situation, overuse of headache medication results in a type of chronic daily headache called drug rebound headache.
Headache returns as each dose of medication wears off Inspiring the individual to take another dose of medication. It results in a vicious cycle of headache pain medicine return of headache more pain medicine more headaches. Only treatment for drug rebound headache is stopping the medication. Unwantedly the headache becomes worse when the medication is withdrawn and does not improve significantly for weeks or even months. Many people will see a definite improvement in their headaches such as a return to the frequency they had before the daily headaches developed.
Many different headache medications can result in a drug rebound headache if overused either singly or in combination with similar drugs. Intemperate caffeine alone can produce drug rebound headache in susceptible individuals, even if pain medicine is not being overused. Limit your consumption of caffeine-containing coffee, teas and soft drinks if you are prone to frequent headaches.
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List of Related Societies:
Southern Headache Society
American Headache Society
American Council for Headache Education
International Headache Society
German Migraine and Headache Society
Florida Association for the Study of Headache & Neurological Disorders
Canadian Headache Society
The Stanford Headache Program Migraine Research Foundation
The Japanese Headache Society
American Council for Headache Education
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National Headache Foundation
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
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