There is no stronger over-the-counter medication for headache or migraine pain relief. Headaches are very individualized. There are several over-the-counter medications you can use to alleviate painful headaches. These medications include acetaminophen (Tylenol), an effective over-the-counter analgesic (pain reliever) and antipyretic (fever reducer) medication. This medication can help with achy pain, stiffness, and fever. However, it does not have any anti-inflammatory properties. This is important for some types of headache relief. In addition, the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug class (NSAIDs) consists of products like ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), which work by exhibiting analgesic relief, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Lastly, combination products, such as Excedrin Migraine, contain acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine. These ingredients combined make a more powerful headache/pain reliever than the ingredients separated out alone.
It is important to follow the instructions on the label of over the counter medication and not to mix products, in order to prevent overdosing or toxicity. Monitor the frequency and intensity of your migraines to know when it is time to seek professional help and possibly the addition of a prescription medication.
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