What Can You Take for a Headache?

Discussion in 'Dr. Stephen Nagler (MD)' started by teetee, Apr 15, 2014.

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    1. teetee

      teetee Member

      Tinnitus Since:
      I'm asking what would be best to take if you have a headache. Something that would work without spiking my tinnitus.
    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member Clinician Benefactor

      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Teetee, you ask an excellent question. Thank you for posting it here.

      To the best of my knowledge none of the commonly-used headache remedies causes auditory damage - so whatever the effect of any of them on your tinnitus, it will be temporary. Even the effects of aspirin, which in high enough doses is guaranteed to increase the volume of your tinnitus, are temporary. As a matter of fact, the old-time rheumatologists used to tell their arthritis patients to keep taking aspirin until their joint pain went away, their stomach ached, or until their ears rang ... and then back off.

      Probably the headache remedy least associated with increase in tinnitus is acetaminophen (Tylenol, Paraacetamol, etc.) - but I have no problem recommending ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.), Excedrin (aspirin, acetaminophen, caffeine), aspirin, or any of the others. If one bothers your ears, try another one next time.

      Dr. Stephen Nagler

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