What type of OTC drugs or other remedies help when you have a tension headaches?
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OTC drugs for tension headaches
Many people treat tension headache on their own, using OTC (over-the-counter) medications like acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Motrin), or combination medications containing acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine (Excedrin). While these medications can be effective and when taken as directed are safe for most people, overuse can lead to headaches which are more frequent and severe. This can occur if these agents are used more than 2 days each week routinely. If tension headache occurs during pregnancy, the patient should contact her physician about medications that are safe to use.
Products which contain aspirin should not be given to children due to the risk of Reye's syndrome.
Chronic use of acetaminophen, or use of acetaminophen in large amounts may lead to
liver toxicity (current recommended maximal dose is 3 grams per 24 hours),
and a number of medications are combined with acetaminophen so patients
should discuss all OTC drugs they are taking with their doctors.