What works best for headaches: aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen?

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  • 9 years ago
    Best Answer


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    I find taking my medication (excederin tension headache works better than excederin migraine) with a Monster drink or red bull with the extra caffeine, but NOT the whole can...just enough to swallow the pill and wash it down with a few extra gulps only. It works fast (20 minutes).

    For some reasons, when the medication says TENSION HEADACHE it helps more. Others take ROBAXACET which is acetominophen with methocarbonal also comes with Codeine when asked.

    If you use feverfew daily at bedtime. I also find it helpful to use something that I haven't used before or for a long time in a different family of medications.

    1. I used to use a combination of medications which included 400mg Ibuprofen 4x a day with food. This takes the swelling and inflammation down. DO NOT exceed1600mg in one day and you may need prilosec for stomach protection as ALL ANTI INFLAMMATORIES are difficult on the stomach. ***You can use Tylenol with Ibuprofen and Aspirin watch for daily maximums & don't exceed.

    2. Robaxacet is Tylenol (acetominophen) combined with methocarbonal (muscle relaxant)...this also comes with codeine on request from the pharmacist. This only relaxes any tight muscles around the pain and helps reduce some pain. You can use Robaxacet with Ibuprofen and Aspirin, BUT NOT Tylenol as it's already an ingredient in this pill.

    3. Robaxacyl is Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) combines with methocarbonal (muscle relaxant)...this has a blood thinning active ingredient and isn't ideal for anyone under age 16 years or complications with blood pressure, ailments, etc. This both takes down the inflammation as well as treats the pain.You can use Robaxacyl with Ibuprofen and Tylenol, BUT NOT Aspirin as it's already an ingredient in this pill.


    4. Aleve is a Nonsteroidal Anti Inflammatory (Naproxen) which will helps reduce the inflammation, and as the inflammation decreases so does the pain; BUT you CANNOT mix this drug with any of the above mentioned safely.

    5. Dynamint has been used on horses legs for years, but it does an amazing job on sore neck muscles. It's ingredients are Peppermint Oil, Eucalyptus Oil , Tea Tree Oil and Calendula Oil.

    6. Deep Cold Gold is an alternative rub that works very well on tight aching tendons on your upper shoulders, neck and TMJ joints.

    It sounds more like it would be a MIGRAINE or AURAS (flickering lights or spots in eyes) associated with MIGRAINES or TENSION HEADACHE. Many things can trigger a HEADACHES/MIGRAINES: using your arm in an awkward way (bowling) when you don't normally do that, lack of food (skipping meals), head resting in a hairdressers sink, going to a concert with light show, video game screen with fast movements & flashing lights, staring in the light (sun) constantly on your eyes...etc.

    If you experience a headache with ANY LOSS OF WEAKNESS, SLURRING, IMBALANCE or FEVER, then you need to seek medical attention immediately for a consult to make sure there isn't something more serious going on.

    The ears are either tension from stress or tension stress from your TM joint in your jaw. It can make you sickly with migraines if out of place even a smidge.

    When I was 16 years old I had severe tension headaches that made the ligament behind my ear pop out like a big ole bump. The doctor prescribed a low dose of Elavil (amitryptaline) & it was gone within days. The Elavil in high doses is used for depression but they use it for car accidents because it relaxes the muscles from whiplash.

    2 weeks ago

  • iorio
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Acetaminophen Or Ibuprofen For Headache

  • TKS
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    It can depend on the person. Aspirin and Ibuprofen help with pain and inflammation. Acetaminophen just helps with the pain. Asprin and naproxen work well for me, ibuprofen doesn't.

    If it's a migraine none of the above may help at all.

  • Karen
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Absolutely. Google "Rebound Headaches".

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  • H
    Lv 7
    9 years ago

    it depends on you and your body.

    I've had severe migraines for over 30 years and none of that stuff works. But, for others, it works great.

    It's trial and error....give it a try and follow the directions. If it doesn't work, see a neurologist.

  • 9 years ago

    I dont know about these drugs but SOME REST AND GOOD COMPANY works very well for headaches....

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Try a tolenol pm to go to sleep,if your in a spot where you can't exactly go to sleep try ibruprofen....or just google it or ask yur doxtor.

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