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Regional Medical Center of San Jose
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Treatments for Headache

Treatment aims to reduce the frequency of headaches and help relieve the pain.

The treatment and management of headache mainly involves lifestyle changes and medications. Those with cluster or chronic sinus headaches may be candidates for surgery.

Headache treatments may include:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryAlternative and complementary treatmentsOther

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
  • Review Date: 12/2015 -
  • Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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  • Headache. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114773/Headache. Updated August 9, 2016. Accessed September 30, 2016.

  • Headache—frequently asked questions. National Headache Foundation website. Available at: http://www.headaches.org/headache-faq. Accessed November 7, 2012.

  • Migraine in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114718/Migraine-in-adults. Updated June 24, 2016. Accessed September 30, 2016.

  • NINDS headache information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/headache/headache.htm. Updated September 2012. Accessed November 7, 2012.

  • Tension-type headache. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114522/Tension-type-headache. Updated September 15, 2016. Accessed September 30, 2016.