Rebound Headaches
7 September, 2020 by
Progno Health Medical Team

What is Rebound Headaches? 

 Rebound headaches are caused by frequent use of headache medication. While pain relievers offer relief for headaches, taking several of them a week may trigger rebound headaches. To avoid rebound headaches, reduce or stop taking the pain medication.

• Rebound headaches tend to occur every day, often waking you up early morning.

• Rebound headaches improve with medication but return when the medication wears off and persist throughout the day.

While occasional headaches are common, some types of headaches can be life-threatening. Seek immediate medical care if the headache is: sudden and severe; Is accompanied by a fever, stiff neck, rash, confusion, seizure, double vision, or weakness, and gets worse despite rest and medication and wakes you up from sleep.

Tips to avoid rebound headaches

• Consult a doctor on how much medication you can take.

• Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day - even on weekends.

• Don't skip meals; start the day with a healthy breakfast and have lunch and dinner at the same time every day.

• Reduce stress; get your schedule organized and stay positive.

• Relax. Try yoga, meditation, or relaxation exercises. Set aside time to listen to music,

   read books, or take a hot bath.

• Avoid smoking.