Headache and Nausea? These Meds Can Help

Headache and Nausea

It’s hard to have a headache at one point… but it’s even more difficult if you feel like vomiting at the same time! People who suffer from a headache or migraine usually have stomach-related problems as well. Nausea, or the feeling that you just might vomit, is one of those problems. Let me tell you more about symptoms and treatments of nausea and headache.

Why am I having Nausea and Headache at the same time?

There are various causes that can lead to headache and nausea. Some of the causes include the following:

  • Food allergies
  • Food poisoning
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Alcohol withdrawal
  • Early pregnancy
  • Strep throat
  • Infections such as flu and colds (read more about Cold & Flu – How to Make Yourself Feel Better)
  • Hypertension
  • Anthrax
  • Polio
  • Kidney problems
  • Tonsillitis
  • Low sodium levels in the bloodstream
  • Menstrual period
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Glaucoma
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Hepatitis A

At times, nausea and headache also occur with other symptoms like dehydration, light sensitivity, and dizziness. Remember that if your symptoms persist for a few days, or if you experience serious symptoms like fever, diarrhea or pain in the abdomen, it’s best to see a doctor.

Over-the-counter meds for nausea and headache

If you’re wondering if there are meds for nausea and headache, yes, there are! For nausea, you can take the following:

  • Bismuth subsalicylate to settle your stomach
  • Meclizine hydrochloride to ease the sensations
  • Dimenhydrinate

On the other hand, these are the OTC drugs for a headache:

  • Naproxen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin
  • Acetaminophen
  • A combination of caffeine, acetaminophen, and aspirin

Read about risks of using Ibuprofen

Even if you don’t need a prescription from your doctor, it’s important to follow the dosage and the correct way of taking them to fully benefit from their effects. For example, medications for headache (except acetaminophen) should be taken with food to prevent stomach upset.

read more about Best Time To Take Medicines

Additionally, medications like dimenhydrinate may cause drowsiness. This means that you have to avoid tasks that require heavy concentration (like operating heavy equipment) right after taking the medicine.

Natural remedies for Headache and Nausea relief

There are also some home remedies and natural treatments to help ease your symptoms. However, keep in mind that if your condition worsens, you must seek medical assistance.

  • Peppermint oil and tea are great in dealing with vomiting, nausea, heartburn, and indigestion.
  • Cloves and cinnamon are great for curbing nausea and an upset stomach.
  • You can enjoy similar benefits if you combine cumin with a pinch of nutmeg.
  • Cayenne is a good remedy for inflammation and pain.
  • For some people, almonds can help with headache relief

If you regularly have the headache and nausea combo, you’re most likely familiar with its pattern. If these symptoms suddenly manifest with new patterns without any apparent cause, pay close attention. When this happens, it may be best to seek help from your doctor for better evaluation of your condition.