Rapid Rx Quiz: Headache Medications

Mary L. Windle, PharmD


September 12, 2022

Various medications are available to treat headache pain; however, patients should avoid repeated use of over-the-counter pain relievers that might trigger overuse headaches. Neither opioids nor barbiturates should be used to treat tension headaches when better options, such as simple analgesics (eg, ibuprofen, acetaminophen) and combination analgesics containing caffeine, are available and effective. When all other treatment options have failed, barbiturates may be considered.

Learn more about headache medication classes.

This Rapid Review Quiz was excerpted and adapted from the Medscape articles Headache, Tension Headache, Ibuprofen, and Aspirin.

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