Headaches and migraines are among the more common afflictions treated by pharmacists.
traditional anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications, community pharmacists can help patients identify the type of headache they are experiencing, any possible triggers and recommend the best treatment options.
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There is a large range of over-the-counter products available for the treatment of headaches and migraines. The following websites include resources that might be useful for you and your customers:
- The Imigran Recovery site allows patients to identify triggers for their migraines and manage their attacks.
- The Anadin site contains information on different types of headache.
- Information on both headache and migraine can be found on the Nurofen site.
- 4head product information and information on different types of headache can be found on the 4head website.
- Tips on how to deal with migraines and a trigger diary are available on the Migraleve website.
- Boots WebMD gives patients information on different types of headache and how to live with headache/migraine attacks.
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