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.

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• 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.

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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.

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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.