Which medications are used in the treatment of tension headaches?

Updated: Nov 21, 2017
  • Author: Michelle Blanda, MD; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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There are a variety of medications available to treat the pain of a headache, including pain relievers and combination medications. Patients should be advised to avoid repeated use of OTC pain relievers as these can cause medication overuse headaches. Opioids nor barbituates should be used in TTH when better options (e.g., simple analgesics and combintaion analgesics containing caffeine) are available. [17]

Barbiturates may be used when all other treatment options have failed.


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