Answers to Common Headache Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about headaches.

What are the treatment options for tension headaches?

Dr. Richard Kim discusses treatments for tension headaches. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

What are the treatment options for tension headaches?

The treatment for tension-type headache can be broken down into acute therapy for when you get a headache, and then preventative therapy. Typically for episodic tension-type headache, meaning headaches less than 15 days a month, we use medications such as over-the-counter NSAIDS, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen, Tylenol, etc. For patients with chronic tension-type headache, meaning headaches 15 or more days a month, we look to try to prevent and decrease the number of headaches from occurring and we use certain medications like Tricyclic anti-depressants and some muscle relaxers.

 

There is acute therapy for when you get a headache and preventive therapy. If you get tension headaches less than 15 days a month, we use medicines such as over-the-counter NSAIDS, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen or Tylenol. If you experience chronic tension-type headaches, meaning you get headaches 15 or more days a month, we look to try to prevent and decrease the number of headaches from occurring. We use certain medicines like tricyclic anti-depressants and some muscle relaxers. 

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Source: Richard Kim, MD, The Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Aaron Block, MD, Franklin Family Practice

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