posted 05-26-2002 01:20 AM PT (US)
Excedrin (extra strength or for migrane [identical products])
Holy cow does that stuff ever work; total miracle drug.
Tonight, I had a headache start to come on and I ignored it. It started to cluster around my left temple...then seemed to get bigger on that side of my head. After a while, I felt it all down my cheek and into a couple of my upper molars.
Normally, when I get a really bad headache and I want rid of it quickly, I'll take Alka Seltzer. Not only is Alka Seltzer aspirin - a harmless drug that works nearly every time and brings some health benefits right along with it - but it's aspirin dissolved in water, so it's absorbed into the bloodstream very quickly. However, tonight I was out of Alka Seltzer.
I get migranes rather frequently - even to the point of losing eyesight in one eye, occasionally. And, as often as not, the migrane leads to a headache (the dreaded "migrane headache"). Because of that, I tend to have Excedrin for Migranes on hand. Tonight, since I was out of Alka Seltzer, I took a couple of those (generally, I'd avoid such a thing, especially at this time of night [Excedrin has caffeine in it, as well as aspirin and acetominophen], because I don't much trust acetominophen from a health perspective). And, in spite of taking it on a full stomach, my smeggin' headache was gone within 15 minutes!
(I am now wide awake, though. Grrrrr.)