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What is the specific type of symptom-relief medication I'm taking?

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There are several types of medications available to relieve headache symptoms. The type of medicine you should use depends on the type of headaches you have and how severe they are. The chart that follows lists the types of medication you may be taking or that you and your doctor may be considering. The following articles discuss:

  • what you need to know about the specific type of medicine
  • what you can do to use the medication safely
  • how the medication works
  • the side effects for which you should watch
  • how the medicine might interact with other drugs or health conditions

Types of Symptom-relief Medications

Below is a list of some of the medications you can use to relieve headache pain and other symptoms. To learn more, read the next few articles on types of medication that you are now taking or that you and your doctor are considering.

brand generic
Aspirin-Free Anacin, Panadol, Tylenol, others acetaminophen
Excedrin Migraine, others acetaminophen, aspirin, and caffeine
Aspirin, Bufferin, others aspirin
Advil, Motrin IB, Nuprin, others ibuprofen
Naprosyn naproxen
Aleve, Anaprox DS naproxen sodium
Cataflam diclofenac
Ansaid flurbiprofen
Indocin indomethacin
Barbiturate combinations
brand generic
Esgic, Fioricet, Fiorinal, Phrenilin butalbital with caffeine and acetaminophen
Fiorinal with codeine butalbital with aspirin, caffeine, and codeine
Ergot alkaloids and derivatives
brand generic
Ergomar, Ergostat ergotamine
Cafergot, Cafetrate, Ercaf, Ergo-Caff, Migergot, Wigraine ergotamine with caffeine
Migranal nasal spray, D.H.E. 45 injection dihydroergotamine mesylate (DHE) SC, IM, IV, Nasal Spray
Narcotic analgesics
brand generic
various prescription preparations codeine
Stadol (injection), Stadol NS (nasal spray) butorphanol IM, butorphanol IV, butorphanol nasal spray
various prescription names acetaminophen with codeine
Demerol HCl, IM, IV opiates IM, opiates IV, merperidine HCl, merperidine HCl IV
Triptans or serotonin (5HT-1) receptor agonists
brand generic
Imitrex tablets and injection (SC) sumatriptan succinate
Imitrex nasal spray sumatriptan succinate
Amerge naratriptan
Maxalt (tablet), Maxalt - MLT rizatriptan benzoate
Zomig zolmitriptan
Isometheptene agents
brand generic
Midrin, Midchlor, Isocom, Isopap isometheptene mucate, acetaminophen, and dichloralphenazone