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Table 11 Analgesics for episodic tension-type headache

From: Aids to management of headache disorders in primary care (2nd edition)

Ibuprofen 400–800 mg • For adults, and
• Drug of choice for children (200–400 mg according to age and weight)
Acetylsalicylic acid 600–1000 mg • Adults only
Either of these in combination with paracetamol 1000 mg • Formal evidence is lacking, but the different mechanisms of action may enhance effect
Any of these in combination with caffeine • Commonly included in analgesic combination-medications
Paracetamol 1000 mg • On its own has lower efficacy
• Therefore reserved for those in whom NSAIDS are contraindicated