Headache Relief

Provides relief for tension-type headache (TTH) and does not irritate the stomach the way naproxen sodium or ibuprofen can2-6

Proven efficacy in TTH

The efficacy of acetaminophen in the treatment of tension headache has been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials.9

Simple headache relief tips10

Patients can try these instead of or in addition to an analgesic:

  • Heat: Hot shower or bath; heating pad applied to head and neck muscles
  • Cold: Icepack or cool compress placed on the forehead
  • Self-massage: Gentle rubbing of the temples, scalp, neck, and shoulders
  • Relaxation techniques: Deep breathing, guided imagery, or progressive muscle relaxation11

Rebound headache risk

Taking an OTC pain reliever more than 3 times a week on a regular basis can lead to rebound headaches.8 Patients should bring frequent use to your attention.

When headaches come with cold or flu

Patients may not know their OTC cold and flu remedies contain an analgesic. To avoid overuse, remind patients to check labels and avoid treating headaches with the same active ingredient present in their other medications.

Recognizing TTH pain and common triggers7,8

TTH pain is often described as:

  • “Vise-like” or like a “band around the head”

TTH pain has 2 or more of the following characteristics:

  • Bilateral
  • Mild to moderate in intensity
  • Pressing or tightening sensation (not throbbing or pulsing)
  • Not worsened by routine activity such as bending over or climbing stairs

Common TTH triggers include:

  • Stress
  • Jaw clenching
  • Too little sleep
  • Missed meals
  • Intense work
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
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