Signs and symptoms of rebound headaches may differ according to the type of original headache being treated and the medication used. Rebound headaches tend to:

  • Occur every day or nearly every day, often waking you in the early morning
  • Improve with pain relief medication but then return as your medication wears off

Other signs and symptoms may include:

  • Nausea
  • Listlessness
  • Restlessness and difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Irritability

When to see a doctor

Occasional headaches are common. But it's important to take your headaches seriously. Some types of headaches can be life-threatening.

Seek immediate medical care if your headache:

  • Is sudden and severe
  • Accompanies a fever, stiff neck, rash, confusion, seizure, double vision, weakness, numbness or difficulty speaking
  • Follows a head injury
  • Gets worse despite rest and pain medication
  • Is a new type in someone older than 50
  • Wakes you from sleep

Consult your doctor if:

  • You usually have two or more headaches a week
  • You take a pain reliever for your headaches more than twice a week
  • You need more than the recommended dose of over-the-counter pain remedies to relieve your headaches
  • Your headache pattern changes
  • Your headaches are getting worse
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