Too much Excedrin?

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   Posted 12/12/2007 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,
I have at one point in my life been diagnoised with migraines and tension headaches....
I was taking a prescribed medication a few years ago but my insurance ran out
and I started taking excedrin.
For the past few years I have been taking 2, sometimes 4 excedrin a day....
Should I see a doctor about this?
Sometimes I am worried that I am addicted to this medicine, but I do get headaches everyday
and this works....
thanks for all of your help

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   Posted 12/12/2007 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I would recommend seeing a doctor for your headaches again.  One of the first things he might tell you would be to take less Excedrin.  When you take pain medication more than 2-3 days a week you're in danger of getting rebound headaches, which can sometimes be worse than the headache you're trying to treat.  Also, with Excedrin you have the issue of caffiene.  Some people get headaches once the caffiene that they consumed has left their body, and once they consume more caffiene the headache will decrease or go away.
Good luck with everything,

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   Posted 12/12/2007 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree! Excedrin can cause rebound headaches aka medication overuse headaches...and I think that is the case here. When the medication wears off then the headaches come back with a vengance, and again take more medication to ease the pain.
I would see a doctor so you can stop the cycle.
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   Posted 12/14/2007 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Get off the excedrin! The caffeine is the worst thing for headaches. I would recommend getting rid of coffee too. It helped me!

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   Posted 12/18/2007 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   

I agree with everyone.  It certainly sounds like you are experiencing rebound headaches, and you're in the horrible rebound headache cycle.  Certainly see your doctor, and be honest about the amount of excedrin you are taking and how you are feeling.  You may also consider keeping a "headache journal" until your appointment, where you log daily what you eat, the drugs you take, and how you feel (headaches, migraines, etc).  This is a helpful tool for both you and your doctor. As someone else already stated, be prepared for the headaches to get worse when you start to go off the excedrin.  There are natural remedies for headache/migraine relief you may want to try as you come off the excedrin (ice packs, relaxation techniques, deep breathing excercises, vitamins/supplements, accupressure, massage, accupuncture, etc).  You may want to make an appointment with a neurologist who specializes in migraine/headache care and will have a better understanding of rebound headaches than a general practioner.


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