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What opioid medications can help treat severe headaches?

If you suffer severe headaches frequently, if not daily, one strategy to consider is a long-acting opioid medication to relieve pain so that you can continue to work and enjoy life. Options include fentanyl (Duragesic patch), oxycodone (OxyContin), and morphine (Kadian, MS Contin, others). Your doctor will most likely start you at the lowest dose possible and then gradually increase the dosage until you find the level that provides pain relief. The most common side effect of such long-acting opioid formulations is constipation, which can be relieved with stool softeners or laxatives.

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