Why do I get headaches and what are the causes?

Headaches are one of the most common problems and can be triggered by a range of things including stress, dehydration, tiredness and hormone fluctuations. They can be brought on by lots of different things, e.g. loud music or a noisy environment, but one of the most common types of headache is called a ‘tension headache’, which can be caused by stress, alcohol or dehydration.

Who suffers from headaches?

Anyone can suffer from headache pain.

What are the common symptoms of headaches?

A typical headache often feels like someone has wrapped a tight band around your head, and you may feel a dull ache or constant pressure. A cluster headache on the other hand, may feel like a sharp, burning feeling on one side of your head which is often focused around one eye. Over-the-counter painkillers may not be effective with cluster headaches, because they’re too slow to take effect.

Should I be concerned about my headache?

Thankfully, in most cases, headaches are not a sign of something more serious. They will often just go away on their own. So try and get some rest and relax. If symptoms persist, please consult your GP.

What not to do when you have a headache

Try to avoid alcohol and make sure you eat regularly even if you’re not in the mood. If possible, resist the urge to sleep more than you usually do, as oversleeping can make your symptoms worse. Reducing screen time can also help.

What can I do about headaches?

Recognise your own personal triggers, drink plenty of fluids, make sure you get plenty of rest and take regular breaks from work.

Try Solpadeine PlusSolpadeine Max or Solpadeine Headache.

Ask your pharmacist for more advice.


  • Clinically proven to work when regular pain relief is not enough1
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1Only applicable to Solpadeine Plus and Solpadeine Max
*Based on absorption data

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