How to treat headaches quickly

Do you sometimes suffer from headaches? Will you like to know how to get rid of your headache quickly?

More than 10 million people in the UK suffer from headaches. There are different types of headaches, but for simplicity, this article will focus on tension and migraineheadaches.

Do you know the difference between a tension headache and a migraine? Most of us do not. But why is it important to know the difference? Knowing the difference will empower you to choose the most appropriate treatment.

How do i differentiate a migraine from a tension headache?

There are many clinical ways, but let’s not get into all the clinical stuff. Let me give you very quick ways to differentiate them.

Tension headaches are more common and less severe. The pain feels like a band around your head. You can also carry on performing your daily activities despite the pain. It also last for a few minutes to hours.

Migraines on the other hand are more severe. They usually occur on one side of your head. Could be your forehead, or left or right side. Its a throbbing pain. Most people are not able to perform daily activities and spend most time in bed. Migraines also sometimes have associated symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, sensitivity to light, sounds and certain smells. They could last for minutes to days.

What causes the headaches?

Again lets not get too scientific. Put it simply, most common headaches are caused by lifestyle and hormonal changes. You can prevent and resolve most of them through simple lifestyle adjustments

So how can you manage them effectively?

The first step is to focus on actually preventing rather than treating them

  • Drink lots lots lots of water daily and stay hydrated
  • Establish good regular sleep patterns
  • Perform light exercise daily
  • Eat healthy and avoid junk
  • Relax ,relax and relax
  • Avoid staring at computer screens too long
  • Maintain good posture to reduce tension on your shoulders and neck

If you fail to prevent the headache with the above lifestyle suggestions, then head to your local pharmacy and get the following medicines to get rid of the headache.

It’s crucial that you take some medication as soon as the headache starts. Leaving this too long may make the head ache worse. Timing is very essential

What OTC (over the counter) medications can help quickly?

Research shows that paracetamol and Ibuprofen are the safest and most effective first lines for headaches.

To get quicker results, go for Nurofen Express. These act a lot quicker than normal ibuprofen tablets, are easily absorbed into the body and can start producing relief within 10 minutes. As with any medications, ensure it’s safe for you to take them first.

You could also go for effervescent paracetamol tablets for a quicker action rather than normal paracetamol tablets as effervescent tablets are also absorbed quicker into the blood stream than normal tablets. Main caution is they also contain a lot of sodium, so be careful if you are taking blood pressure tablets or on a sodium restrictive diet.

Another thing you must be careful about is taking too many painkillers as they can cause overuse headaches

There are a range of other causes of headaches and also a range of other headache tablets. What i have given you are the cheapest, safest and first line tablets so you can make a quick and informed decision if needed.

Remember to speak to your local doctor or pharmacist if your headache persists

Marvin Munzu

Manager & superintendent pharmacist at Priory Fields Pharmacy


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