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In most cases, relieving a headache begins with medication -- either over-the-counter medicine or medicine available by prescription. Unfortunately, there is no universal headache treatment that works for everyone. Treatment options will vary depending on the frequency and severity of the headache symptoms, the cause of the headaches, and other medical conditions a person may have. In some cases, people may want to try alternative or complementary methods for treating their headaches.

An Overview of Headache Relief

It is estimated that nearly 40 percent of people suffer at least one severe headache each year. It is also estimated that 90 percent of men and 95 percent of women have had at least one headache during their lifetimes. With so many people suffering from headaches, it is no wonder that treatment is an important concern. Yet, it can also be a confusing issue, given how many treatment choices are available.
 
For most people with headaches, pain relief begins with medicine. Some of these medicines are available over the counter, while others require a prescription. For those with more severe or frequent headaches, medicine is also available to prevent headaches from occurring.
 
But which medication is right for you? Are natural relief options also available for people with headaches? The fact is that there is no universal headache treatment that works for everyone. Headache treatment must be tailored to the individual based on the frequency and severity of the headache symptoms, the cause of the headaches, and a person's other medical conditions and individual needs.
 
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