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Worst Headache of Your Life Topic Guide

Worst Headache of Your Life Worst Headache of Your Life: The worst headache of your life may be a life-threatening emergency. Symptoms such as a headache with fever and a stiff neck, a headache that starts with a thunderclap, a headache following a head injury, a headache with loss of vision or numbness of the arms or legs, or a headache with a fever (not caused by the flu) are emergent medical conditions. Treatment of the worst headache of your life depends on the cause of the headache.

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Worst Headache of Your Life Topic Guide - Medications and Vitamins

Medications:

eletriptan Eletriptan

Eletriptan is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Eletriptan also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pain,...learn more »

zolmitriptan (nasal) Zolmitriptan (nasal)

Zolmitriptan is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Zolmitriptan also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache p...learn more »

zolmitriptan (oral) Zolmitriptan (oral)

Zolmitriptan is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Zolmitriptan also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache p...learn more »

topiramate Topiramate

Topiramate is a seizure medicine, also called an anticonvulsant. Topiramate is used to treat seizures in adults and children who are at least 2 years old. ...learn more »

sumatriptan (oral/nasal) Sumatriptan (oral/nasal)

Sumatriptan is a headache medicine that narrows blood vessels around the brain. Sumatriptan also reduces substances in the body that can trigger headache pai...learn more »

dihydroergotamine (nasal) Dihydroergotamine (nasal)

Dihydroergotamine is an ergot medicine. It works by narrowing the blood vessels around the brain...learn more »

aspirin (oral) Aspirin (oral)

Aspirin is a salicylate (sa-LIS-il-ate). It works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever, and inflammation...learn more »

acetaminophen (oral/rectal) Acetaminophen (oral/rectal)

There are many brands and forms of acetaminophen available. Not all brands are listed on this leaflet...learn more »

diltiazem Diltiazem

Diltiazem is a calcium channel blocker. It works by relaxing the muscles of your heart and blood vessels...learn more »

ibuprofen Ibuprofen

Ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Ibuprofen works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body...learn more »