Headache, how to treat it?

Written by: Dr. Jesús Arcaya Navarro
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Headaches or headaches, basically can be of two types: primary headaches (headache itself is the disease because there is an injury that occurs) and secondary headache (headache a banal or serious injury should they which is produced, for example, the flu, a tumor, a stroke, etc.). Logically, treatment in the specialty of neurology depend on whether primary or secondary.

headache The most common are primary headaches: tension headache (stress, worries, etc.) and Migraine headaches.

The treatment of tension headaches may improve with various relaxation techniques and some current analgesic occasionally, but become chronic abuse of painkillers may be beneficial treatment with a mild antidepressant such as amitriptyline 10 mg / 24h for one or two month continuously and analgesic abuse withdrawal.

Treatment of migraines is more complex and specific. Basically you have to decide (by frequency, intensity and response to pain reliever) whether to use preventive treatment or just calming and soothing.

  • Preventive treatment of migraine can take daily oral during the months used today they are: topiramate; flunarizina; propranolol. Recently, in extreme cases frequency and no response to these treatments, you are using botulinum toxin injected every three months, with good results.
  • Triptans are the most specific and better treatment and are safe for pain immediately triptans type drugs (; rizatriptan;; almotriptan eletriptan sumatriptan etc.) are used mainly. Should not be expected to take when the pain takes established long time (hours) or be too strong because the results will be worse. On the other hand, if the pain was mild analgesics can be used also common type NSAIDs (naproxen or others). Sometimes they associated with an antiemetic (domperidone) for vomiting.
*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Jesús Arcaya Navarro

Prestigious specialist in Neurology, Dr. Arcaya Navarro is an expert in the application of botulinum toxin in neurological treatment. Bachelor of Medicine and General Surgery from the Complutense University of Madrid, currently responsible for the Botulinum Toxin Treatment Unit of the Neurology Service of the University Hospital of Salamanca. He is currently a neurological specialist in this same hospital. Parallel to his professional career, he has been a teacher and speaker in postgraduate training courses, round tables and doctorate courses on more than twenty occasions.

He also uses his knowledge in the treatment with botulinum toxin (botox) for other indications: facial expression wrinkles; axillary hyperhidrosis; bruxism; chronic migraine; pain and chronic contractures (cervical, lumbar) with the guarantee of his great professional experience in its management and results.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

View Profile

Overall assessment of their patients

This website uses its own and third-party cookies to collect information in order to improve our services, to show you advertising related to your preferences, as well as to analyse your browsing habits..