To help prevent rebound headaches:
- Take your headache medication as prescribed.
- If you need headache medication more than twice a week, contact your doctor.
- Avoid medications that contain butalbital or opioids.
- Use OTC painkillers less than 15 days a month.
- Limit use of triptans or combination analgesics to no more than nine days a month.
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- Avoid headache triggers. If you're not sure what triggers your headaches, keep a headache diary with details about every headache. Eventually, you may see a pattern.
- Get enough sleep. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day — even on weekends.
- Don't skip meals. Start your day with a healthy breakfast. Eat lunch and dinner at about the same time every day. Drink enough water.
- Exercise regularly. Physical activity causes your body to release chemicals that block pain signals to your brain. With your doctor's OK, choose activities you enjoy — such as walking, swimming or cycling. To avoid injury, start slowly.
- Reduce stress. Get organized. Simplify your schedule. Plan ahead. Try to stay positive.
- Relax. Try yoga, meditation or relaxation exercises. Listen to music, read a book or take a hot bath.
- Lose weight. Obesity can contribute to headache development, so if you try to lose weight, find a program that works for you.
- Quit smoking. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about quitting. Smoking can trigger headaches or make them worse.
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