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Have headaches, using Ibuprofen or Tylenol. History of anxiety and depression. What do you recommend?

hello i am i 16 year old girl i have currently delt with depression and anxiety in the past and it seems to come back every now and then for moths at a time. i have always had headaches , i have had one at least every day this month. some are more painful then others at a time. i was put on allergy medicine for them but i stopped taking it because it seemed to make my headches worse so i have been usiing ibprofuen or tylenol to do the job but everyday is a newday with different stress levels at school and other personal problems. what do you reccomend i do ?
Asked On : Sat, 29 Sep 2012
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If regular painkillers are not helping headaches then you can try anxiolytics and migraine medications.
Migraine medications like sumatriptan and cafergot can be effectively used.

Other abortive remedies that work for some include ice, hot showers, cool or lukewarmwater sprayed on the face around the sinus, temple, and ear areas, breathing cold air, application of analgesic balm beneath the nostrils, caffeine, and drinking large amounts of water in the early stages of an attack. Vigorous exercise has been shown in some cases to be very effective in relieving and aborting an acute attack by increasing the levels of oxygen within the body.

Avoid triggers like deprivation of sleep, smoking , alcohol ,bright light , inhalation of strong chemicals etc.

Prophylactic treatment include calcium channel blocker (verapamil),Steroids(prednisolone) ,magnesium sulfate.

Normally with some trial and error both doctor and patient reach most effective treatment in a particular case .

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