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Treatment of Episodic Tension-Type Headaches
- Episodic tension-type headaches (ETTH) are usually treated effectively on a self-care basis with nonprescription analgesic medications. These medications include aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen.
- Some analgesic medications add caffeine to acetaminophen or include the combination of aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine. Caffeine appears to enhance the effect of the analgesic.
- For episodic tension-type headaches, preventive use of medications is not usually necessary; analgesic medications are taken at the time of the headache. In contrast, for chronic tension-type headaches (CTTH), preventive therapy is the mainstay treatment.