Medicines and treatment for tension-type headache

Keeping a headache diary can help identify triggers for tension-type headaches. Avoiding triggers probably won’t eliminate your headaches completely but may reduce their frequency.

People with depression and anxiety seem to be at increased risk of tension-type headache. Treatment for these conditions may also help alleviate headaches.

Read about the medicine treatment options for tension-type headache. These include treatments for:

You can also read about:

  • British Association for the Study of Headache. Guidelines for all health professionals in the diagnosis and management of migraine, tension-type-type headache, cluster headache and medication overuse headache. Hull: BASH, 2010. (accessed 13 December 2011)
  • Bendtsen L, Evers S, Linde M, et al. EFNS guideline on the treatment of tension-type headache - report of an EFNS task force. European Journal of Neurology 2010;17:1318-25.