What are the treatments for the condition?
Over-the-counter pain medications such
as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin will relieve most headaches.
Medications for acute migraine attacks include:
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen
other pain medications, such as
triptans, such as sumatriptan or zolmitriptan
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Over-the-counter pain medications may
cause stomach upset and allergic
reactions. Other side effects depend on the medication used. Calcium
channel blockers, for example, are associated with a significantly increased
risk of heart attack or congestive heart failure in individuals with
high blood pressure.
What happens after treatment for the condition?
Complications of headaches are usually limited. However, some causes of
headaches such as brain tumors,
bleeding, or meningitis may cause
How is the condition monitored?
A person with frequent or severe headaches may be asked to keep a headache
diary. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare