The most common way for people to treat their headaches is by using over the counter medication. There are many reasons for this. The biggest reason that people take over the counter medications is because they believe that their headaches are not that severe and therefore professional medical treatment is not necessary. Some people also cannot afford the medical treatment, so they simply take over the counter medicines. Because so many people take over the counter medications there are some basic things that every person should know.
The first thing that every person should know is that even though there are different names on all pain relieving medications there are in fact only three basic ingredients. The three ingredients are aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen. The only difference that each brand offers is in the quantity and the mixture of other ingredients in the pain relievers such as caffeine.
Each product has a label that shows exactly what is inside of the product. However, most people do not know what the effects are of each product. This is why it is important that you are well aware of the potential problems that can occur when taking different medications.
One of the most common problems that people experience with aspirin and ibuprofen is an irritation of the stomach and intestines. This will generally start off as what feels like an upset stomach but can lead to something more sever such as internal bleeding. However, acetaminophen does not cause this problem. This is why this drug is often prescribed to young children. No matter what type of medication is used there are some long term complications that can arise such as liver or kidney damage, increased blood pressure, nausea and ringing in the ears.
Another problem that frequent users of pain relieving medication face is the occurrence of rebound headaches. When large quantities of medications are taken the body will become dependent upon the medication. This means that the body will require more and more medication to be taken to get rid of headaches. Eventually when you are not taking the medication you will start to get headaches because your body doesn't have the drug that it has become dependent on. Therefore, you will experience an increase in headaches.
Many people who experience frequent headaches or severe headaches find that over the counter medications do not assist in relieving the pain. Therefore, they need to seek out a prescription medication that can be provided by a doctor. If you are considering taking a prescription medication you should be well aware of potential side effects. Some of the most common side effects are nausea, dizziness and diarrhea.
Before you start taking any medication, whether over the counter or prescription medications, you need to be sure not to take too much otherwise your body will become dependent on them. This is what causes rebound headaches. Your tolerance level will become much lower and the medications will eventually lose their effectiveness.
To find out more helpful tips and information with Headaches and Migraines, be sure to visit the Help with Headaches website.
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