Headache and Migraine Pain

Headaches are one of the most common problems and can be triggered by a range of things including stress, dehydration, tiredness and hormone fluctuations.

The most common type is a tension headache, which can be caused by stress, alcohol, dehydration and lack of sleep.

If you have been taking painkillers for headaches over a period of time you may suffer from a medication overuse headache. Please speak to your GP or pharmacist if you suspect this is the case.


Migraines are less common than headaches but tend to be more severe and can be debilitating. Migraines are associated with certain triggers, which can include stress and certain foods while some people will get an ‘aura’ or ‘sign’ before an attack, such as visual disturbances.


  • Headaches: The feeling of a tight band around the head, a dull ache or constant pressure
  • Migrane: Pounding, throbbing on one or both sides of their head, nausea, sensitivity to light, sounds or smells, seeing flashing lights or zig-zag patterns

How can I avoid headaches and migraines?

Recognise your own personal triggers by keeping a diary, drink plenty of fluids, ensure you are well rested and take regular breaks from work.

Ask your pharmacist for more advice