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What causes rebound headaches?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Rebounds might be great on the basketball court, but not if you're having a lot of headaches. Many people who experience cranial rock-n-roll concerts fall into a dangerous trap: You have a headache, so you take pain medication. Fine, but if you stay on it too long, you set yourself up for experiencing rebound headaches when you try to withdraw from the medication. You need to limit your pain meds (including OTCs) to less than three days in a row or 10 pills total. Any more than that, and you increase your risk of experiencing the rebound headache. Try a three-day detox with no pain meds to reset your system; exercise also helps, since the natural endorphins you get from exercise can counteract the pain.

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