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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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How can severe headache be treated?

My father is 84 years old He was recently suffering from a severe headache that lasted for several days. His doctor prescribed fioricet. He only took 1 pill and started having hallucinations. The doctor said that this happens and that it can last several days. After he arrived back home he started getting agitated and destroying items in the house. What should we do?
Tue, 13 Feb 2018
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Thanks for your query on HCM

"As"per your clinical history is concerned please follow like this -

1)Do a clinical examination by your Doctor [Neurologist] and to confirm do an MRI scan and CBC]

2)Regarding prescription medication discuss [sumatriptan and naproxen sodium] for severe pain and [Amitriptyline] to prevent it in the future.

Do follow few lifestyle modifications like this -

1)Try to avoid triggers. If certain foods or odors seem to have triggered your headaches in the past, try to avoid them.

2)Try to reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake and avoid tobacco.

3)Try to establish a daily routine with regular sleep patterns and regular meals and try to control stress.

4)Do exercise regularly. Regular aerobic exercise reduces tension and can help prevent headaches and regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight.

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