Q&A: What Are Alternatives To Taking Aspirin For A Headache?

A bottle of aspirin spilling out onto a black surface.Q: I don’t like taking medication – what can I take for a headache instead? – C. P.

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A: The most common types of headaches are migraines, tension and cluster headaches. Tension headaches are usually a dull achy feeling on both sides of the head.

A migraine is a common type of headache that may occur with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light.

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Here are some ways to treat headaches without medication:

  • Put a heat pack or an ice pack on your head or neck.
  • Take a hot shower.
  • Get enough rest or sleep. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
  • Take time away from things that are stressful. This could mean doing anything from taking a brief walk to taking a vacation.
  • Do not skip breakfast. Fasting is a common cause of headache.
  • Get regular exercise of all types. Work up to exercising for 30 to 60 minutes, 4 to 6 times a week. Yoga, meditation and relaxation therapy can also relieve headaches.


Dr. Renee WHITE COAT HS Frame head onlyIf you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ‘Ask Dr. Renee’. Follow me on Twitter @AskDrRenee and on my website.


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