Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If no underlying structural or vascular problem is causing your exercise headaches, your doctor may recommend medications to take regularly to help prevent the headaches.

  • Indomethacin (Indocin), an anti-inflammatory drug, is commonly prescribed.
  • Propranolol, (Inderal, Inopran XL) a blood pressure medication, also is used to preventive exercise headaches.

If your exercise headaches are predictable, you may be able to take a medication an hour or two before a scheduled event, such as a tennis match or a hike at high altitude. Medications your doctor might prescribe include indomethacin and triptans (Imitrex, Relpax, others), which are commonly used to treat acute migraine headaches. If your exercise headaches are frequent or unpredictable, you might need to take the preventive medicine every day.

Apr. 21, 2012