When is the ideal time to take headache medication?
Post Date
24th April 2014
When is the ideal time to take headache medication?

Q When is the ideal time to take headache medication?
A Headaches have many causes, including muscle tension, sinus problems, eyestrain, too much caffeine, skipping meals, lack of sleep or an underlying illness. They are a common problem for millions of Australians, and when you choose to take your medication is really up to you. You may like to take a pain reliever at the onset of your headache and treat early. Be wary that the more you use pain medication, the less effective it may become, so sometimes it might be better to watch and wait. If you’re used to getting headaches, you’ll probably know what type of headache you have and how to treat it. If the symptoms are mild, then a firm head and neck massage (self-administered is fine), relaxation techniques such as tensing and releasing your muscles, and taking a break from whatever task you’ve been working on could see your headache subside. If the headache is persistent or particularly painful, an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, can help. Make sure you read the information on the pack about dosage and precautions before proceeding.