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Rebound headaches from pain relievers.

Many experts believe that rebound headaches are a result of the frequent and excessive use of short-acting, immediate-relief pain drugs. People who take these types of medications more than twice a week may find themselves taking them to calm the withdrawal symptoms of that same medication.

Many drugs can cause this spiral, including aspirin/acetamino/caffeine combinations, butalbital compounds (e.g., Floricet[R]), and narcotics such as propoxvphene (e.g., Darvon[R], Darvocet[R]), codeine (e.g., Hvdrocordone[R], Hycodan[R], Lorcet[R]), oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin[R]), and morphine (e.g., Roxanol[R]).

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen (Vicoprofen[R]), naproxen (e.g., Naprosyn[R], Anaprox[R]), and ketoprofen (Orudis) can cause rebound headaches. However, these drugs are less likely to do so, compared with the short-acting medications.

(Source: National Headache Foundation, February, 2006.)
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Publication:Nutrition Health Review
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Date:Sep 22, 2005
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