You may have seen capsaicin-based creams in your pharmacy and thought it was just for muscle aches, but it could bring relief to your morning headache. “There is research that capsaicin, the active ingredient of cayenne, influences substance P, which is the pain modulator,” explains Marc I. Leavey, MD a primary care specialist at Lutherville Personal Physicians, a Mercy Medical Center in Maryland. When there is less substance P, your brain essentially sends out an “out of the office” reply and you get relief and tricks your body into thinking there is no pain. Capsaicin creams can produce a burning or itching sensation at first, but that decreases with each use. Just make sure to wash your hands after rubbing it into your temples. Try these effective home remedies for sinus headache relief.
OTC drugs are a popular option when your head is throbbing in the morning, but some are easier on the stomach than others, particularly when your stomach empty. Eat breakfast first (if you can stomach it), then take the recommended dosage. Popping more pills than the stated dosage won’t get rid of your headache faster. Dawn C. Buse, PhD, director, Behavioral Health, Montefiore Headache Center, recommends OTC relievers such as non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen (Aleve) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). This is the best kind of OTC painkiller for every kind of ache.