Headaches

About headaches...

 

If you are suffering from pain or discomfort in the head, scalp or neck region (1a) you are the victim of headaches that affect 47% of adults (2a). Headaches can be caused by a number of factors, including stress (1b), anxiety (1b), diet (1c), cold and flu (21) and certain medical conditions such as a very high blood pressure (1d). 

You may find that your headaches symptoms vary; this is an indication that you may have a different type of headache, such as a migraine or tension headache. Tension headaches, caused by stress (13a), anxiety (13b), fatigue (13b) and eyestrain (13c), are the most common type of headache (12a) and are characterized by a pressing or tightness on both sides of the head (10b). A migraine headache usually affects just one side of the head (10a) and is often triggered by hormones (11b), lack of sleep (11c), diet (11d) or stress (11e).

How Ibuprofen helps...

 

Ibuprofen is an effective treatment for rapid pain relief (18a) and is effective in controlling pain and inflammation in a variety of inflammatory and painful conditions (18b), such as headaches, migranes, tension headaches and headaches associated with colds and flu (21). Effective (18b, 20a), well-tolerated (18c) and with a favourable safety profile (18d), Ibuprofen is the active ingredient in Nurofen Tablets.

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*Reference List

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2. Headache disorders. Fact sheet number 277, October 2012. c2013. World health organization. Available from: http://www.who.int/...

10. South African Acute Pain Guidelines. Official publication of: The South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA). SAJAA 2009;15(6):1-120.

11. Migraines. The merck manual. Home health handbook. c2013. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/

13. Tension headache. Medlineplus. update date: 2/11/2012. c2013. Available from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/...

18. Rainsford KD. Author. Review- Ibuprofen: pharmacology, efficacy and safety. Inflammopharmacology. 2009 Dec;17(6):275-342. doi: 10.1007/s10787-009-0016-x. Epub 2009 Nov 21. Available from:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/...

20. Nurofen package insert. 8 August 2011. Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd. Elandsfontein. South Africa.

21. Influenza. The Merck Manual. Home health handbook. c2013. Available from: http://www.merckmanuals.com/