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Drug Side Effects

The Inside Story of Tamiflu: Side Effects & Benefits

What is the bottom line on Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Xofluza (baloxavir) for influenza? How well do they work? Are there side effects you should know about?

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Headache

Could Aimovig Prevent Your Painful Recurrent Migraines?

People who suffer with recurrent migraines may be able to prevent them with Aimovig, Ajovy or Emgality. This can be life changing.

man suffering cluster headache emergency
Cluster Headaches

What Medicines Stop a Cluster Headache Emergency?

A person suffering a cluster headache emergency needs something that will work right away. Inhaling oxygen can help. One reader found Zomig worked.

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Drug Side Effects

Is New Aimovig Migraine Medicine an Advance or a Breakthrough?

Have you ever had a headache? How about a migraine? There's a new drug called Aimovig. It's a once-a-month injection. How good is it? Are there any risks?

Jar of Vicks VapoRub
Alternative Health

Will Vicks VapoRub Ease Facial Pain?

One reader found that applying a few dabs of Vicks to the forehead can ease facial pain. The essential oils in this remedy have analgesic activity.

African american businesswoman feeling unwell from migraine pain touching forehead at team meeting
Alternative Health

How to Ease Migraine Pain without Prescriptions

What provokes your migraine pain? Finding out what sets your headaches off and arranging your life so you avoid the triggers can go a long way toward pain relief.

aspirin tablets
Arthritis

How Do You Weigh the Benefits and Risks of Aspirin?

Before starting a daily regimen, carefully consider the benefits and risks of aspirin. Are you more likely to be helped or harmed by this amazing drug?

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Alternative Health

How Could a Cold Mouth Stop Your Migraine?

The key to stopping a migraine as soon as it starts could be a cold mouth. Ice, ice cream, icy drinks like iced tea or iced coffee and milk shakes have all provided relief.

Orange Carolina Reaper hot pepper
Drug Side Effects

Why Did Hot Pepper Headache Land Man in the Emergency Room?

Hot pepper lovers seem to be searching for ever hotter chili peppers. The Carolina Reaper is dubbed the hottest pepper in the world. It put one man in the hospital. Why?

A bottle of TopCare Ibuprofen Tablets, 200mg dosage
Arthritis

What Do You Really Know About Scary Ibuprofen Side Effects?

Ibuprofen is one of the most popular pain relievers in the pharmacy. Do you read labels and stay alert for ibuprofen side effects? Learn about symptoms to watch for!

Beautiful young woman applying antiperspirant or deodorant to her armpit
Body Odor

Do You Absorb Magnesium from Your Armpits?

Applying milk of magnesia to your armpits can cut body odor. Scientists haven't seen proof that much magnesium is absorbed through the skin.

assortment of full-fat cheese
Headache

Can You Prevent Migraines by Watching Your Diet?

Avoiding trigger foods, including MSG and aged cheese, may help some sufferers prevent migraines. Have you had success with this approach?

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Brain Freeze

How to Prevent Migraine Headaches with Brain Freeze

Some people find they can stop migraine headaches by eating coffee ice cream quickly or drinking an iced coffee at the first hint of symptoms.

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Headache

Is There a Beer That Won’t Cause Headaches?

A reader's careful detective work identified beer as his headache trigger. Can he find a beer to enjoy that won't cause him head pain?

Woman with ear pain or a headache holding her head
Headache

How Can You Reduce Your Recurring Headaches?

One reader found that drinking tart cherry juice every night eliminated recurring headaches, perhaps due to the anti-inflammatory activity of cherries.

Dog with an icepack on his head
Hangover

Can You Cure Killer Headaches With Ice Packs?

Did you know that there could be a scientific explanation for why ice packs work to overcome killer headaches? TRP ion channels respond to cold.

woman holding her sore feet
Arthritis

Medicine for Sore Feet Linked to Unexpected Headaches

Suddenly stopping arthritis medicine for sore feet had an unexpected and unwelcome result: rebound migraine headaches! What's the solution?

Elderly upset man with terrible cluster headache
Cluster Headaches

Will Ice Stop a Killer Headache?

Can wrapping the head in ice put a halt to severe head pain? One reader says yes; others try causing brain freeze by drinking ice water.

spicy hot and sour soup
Headache

How Could Spicy Soup Stop Your Migraine?

Eating some spicy soup at the first hint of a migraine headache can stimulate TRP channels in the neurons and reverse the pain cascade.

woman with a migraine headache massages her temples
Headache

Taking Vitamin D to Prevent Chronic Headaches

One reader found that vitamin D supplements could prevent chronic headaches. A Finnish study backs the testimonial up with data.