Headaches


Acetaminophen

Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) reduces fever and relieves pain. It does not reduce inflammation, as do nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen, but it is less likely to cause stomach upset and other side effects. Be sure to follow the nonprescription medicine precautions. Dosage…

Aspirin for Pain, Fever, and Inflammation

Aspirin (such as Bayer or Bufferin) relieves pain and reduces fever and inflammation. Warning : Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than 20 unless your doctor tells you to do so because of the risk of Reye syndrome. Be sure to follow the nonprescription medicine precautions. Aspirin is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory…

Bites and Stings: Flu-Like Symptoms

Some insect and spider bites or stings can cause flu-like symptoms to develop within hours of a bite or sting. Or symptoms may be delayed up to 3 weeks. Flu-like symptoms include: Fever. Shaking chills. Muscle or joint aches. Headache. Swollen glands. A vague feeling of illness (malaise). Flu-like symptoms may not be…

Carole’s Story: Taking Medicine Right Away to Stop a Migraine

Carole lost a lot of time to migraines. Instead of playing with her children, she would lie on her bed in the dark, with a bag of ice on her head. “I kept thinking I could stop the migraines if I would just lie down and be still and quiet,” says the 41-year-old mother of two. “It hardly ever worked.” When a migraine got…

Cluster Headaches

Covers causes and symptoms of cluster headaches. Covers medicines and treatment that either help reduce frequency or severity of headaches or stop a headache after it has started.