Painkiller overuse can trigger headaches

Could your headache be caused by the same painkiller you use to treat it? Many people rely on painkillers to get rid of a headache, but don't realise that taking these drugs on more than 10 or 15 days a month can lead to more headaches in the long run.

What do we know already?

Headaches are common - almost everyone gets them sometimes - and many people's first response is to reach for the aspirin, paracetamol, or ibuprofen. Migraine sufferers might use specialised migraine drugs, called triptans.

If you get very frequent headaches, however, painkillers may be part of the problem. If you get a headache on 15 days a month or more, and have been taking painkillers a similar number of times without seeing an improvement, it's possible that the painkillers are making your headaches worse.

Source - Guardian

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