Headache Remedies

Isaiah Jelinek, Opinion and Advice Reporter

We all get headaches from time to time and sometimes we don’t always have the remedies for headaches. There are multiple remedies for headaches but there are also different types of headaches. “When it comes to headache remedies, medications and others can help prevent headaches from starting, but they aren’t the only option. Changing your lifestyle to control stress or avoid triggers may work well, too. These tactics may even prevent you from getting headaches. What works for one person may not work for another, so talk to your doctor to figure out the best remedy for you.”

There are Tension headaches, Migraine headaches, Cluster headaches and Sinus headaches. These four types of headaches all have different remedies such as Tension headaches, “Pain relievers like acetaminophen (Anacin, Panadol, Tylenol), aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), or naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox, Naprosyn) usually help.” While for Migraine headaches, “One class of drug, called triptans, is the mainstay of migraine treatment. They include eletriptan (Relpax), naratriptan (Amerge), rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan (Imitrex), zolmitriptan (Zomig), and others.”

While for Cluster headaches, “Simple pain relievers do little for these, because they don’t work fast enough. But doctors have found that inhaling high doses of pure oxygen can bring relief. Pain medicine such as lidocaine that goes inside the nose helps some people.” Finally, for Sinus headaches, “Decongestants and antibiotics usually help if you have a bacterial infection.” While what works for one headache type might not work for another headache type. This is to allow for people to know what type of medicines certain headaches need compared to others.