Will coffee cure headaches?

Will coffee cure headaches?

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  1. Caffeine works as a vascular constrict and reduces the size of the blood vessels in your brain. Creating less pressure against the skull

  2. Whether it’s a run-of-the-mill tension headache or a migraine, caffeine can help. That’s why it’s an ingredient in a lot of popular pain relievers. … Whether you use aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, they work faster and better and keep the pain away for longer when combined with caffeine.

  3. Migraine headache is associated with vasodilatation of extracranial vessels and caffeine working as a vasoconstriction may help in migraine.

  4. The only headache caffeine helps is a caffeine withdrawal headache. You can find it in Tylenol and Motrin headache pills. As well as that cup of coffee you so desperately need.
    This headache is caused by a caffeine deficiency, or, more accurately, caffeine withdrawal since the human body has no need for caffeine. It’s a pretty nasty back-of-the-head type headache, often accompanied by feelings of nausea. Untreated it lasts about 3 days, and nothing touches it. At least, no OTC pain pills without caffeine.
    Other headaches might benefit from the ibuprofen, etc, and the caffeine will not do any harm, but neither will it help.

  5. Coffee is a legalised drug with works on the body in a variety of ways!! Some headaches are caused by dilatation (increase in size) of the blood vessels. Coffee helps with vasoconstriction (squeezing) of the blood vessels. That might be one mechanism of settling the headaches.
    Worth seeing your Family physician.
    All the best.

  6. Anecdotally, I get headaches when I don’t get enough sleep. Don’t know why or anything. Caffeine wakes me up, and the headache goes away.

  7. Drinking coffee can temporarily relieve headaches. Caffeine is a stimulant. It may help raise blood pressure and constrict blood vessels. Caffeine also relaxes the muscles in the walls of blood vessels, which may improve blood flow.
    Caffeine helps mildly constrict your blood vessels which in turn limits the blood flow to the blood vessels that supply blood to your brain. However, caffeine only lasts for a few hours and wears off quickly. A cup of coffee after a meal, however, will help with the food-induced headaches caused by overeating.
    NOTE: Coffee cannot cure headaches. In fact, caffeine withdrawal headaches are the worst type of headaches.

  8. It can be. It’s one of the reasons I drink a daily cup every morning, along with taking a daily beta blocker (together, they do a fairly good job of migraine prevention).
    Of course, you can also experience temporary headaches if you’re a heavy coffee drinker and then stop suddenly, so moderation is best—and if you do stop drinking it after doing so regularly, reduce your intake gradually.
    The headache prevention part is because of the caffeine, so technically, you could get the benefits without the coffee, via caffeine pills. But why would you want to? : )

  9. Yes, but mostly when used in combination with other drugs.
    Caffeine is known as an analgesic adjuvant when used with common pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, or ibuprofen. That means it enhances the pain-relieving ability of those drugs.
    Research trials on caffeine as an analgesic by itself are fewer, but there are a small number of studies that suggest it may have pain-relieving properties on its own.

  10. Sometimes.
    Headaches have many causes, but they are often caused by blood vessels swelling (vasodilation) and putting pressure on the sensory nerves near the outside of your skull.
    Caffeine has the side effect of vasoconstriction (because it potentiates the action of norepinephrine through slowing the breakdown of the second messenger cyclic AMP). This vasoconstriction relieves the pressure on sensory nerves and tends to ameliorate the headache.
    This phenomenon is known to the degree that headache medications usually contain caffeine to reduce the cause of headaches as well as analgesics to reduce the perception of the pain.

  11. Whatever pain you get is not called as headaches. They are called as stress. It is caused when a person thinks of many things, affecting future or anything else. The good solution for such pains are . meditation in cool and calm place.
    Have a great day

  12. Coffee contains caffeine whis is a physically addictive drug, even though it’s the only physically addictive drug whose addiction can be cured. As people begin to withdraw from caffeine later in the day, headache remedies with caffeine stop the withdrawal headaches that people don’t realize are caused by caffeine withdrawal. My grandfather had a severe addiction to caffeine that he wasn’t aware of. He swore by Anacin as being the best headache remedy. It was just asprin mixed with caffeine. Back then, he had no idea that his daily headaches were caused by caffeine withdrawal.

  13. Testing your blood pressure (BP) when you feel the pain and find out why it makes the BP high or low. If it is low, do you think eating more nutrition and rich hot food (food makes you feel hot, ie. coffee) could help, and why don’t you try it and test the BP again?
    If it is high, do you know sour foods, juice, liquid and even medicine could help?

  14. Could be both! Often caffeine or “caffergut” will make a migraine better, especially in heavy coffee drinkers. Others who are sensitive to caffiene, or do not drink much, for them a little bit will switch on a migraine.

  15. Coffee contains caffeine which acts on the Central Nervous System. If you are not a regular coffee drinker and consume coffee with a high amount of caffeine then you can feel more energetic and can even feel fluctuation in your blood pressure, but if you are a regular coffee drinker which makes your body addicted to caffeine then it helps in relieving headache.

  16. Yes. It Does Help.
    A large number of headache incidences mostly occur due to these reasons and since Caffeine directly addresses these issues , Headache in turn, is helped.
    Constipation/ Retention of bowels in the body for any reason is the most important and most common cause of headache. Caffeine activates the gastrointestinal motility and helps evacuate the bowels.
    Psychological / Emotional stress Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that reduces fatigue and drowsiness.At normal doses, caffeine has variable effects on learning and memory, but it generally improves reaction time, wakefulness, concentration, and motor coordination.
    Poor Posture Caffeine improves muscular strength and power, and may enhance muscular endurance.
    Exposure to cold Caffeine increases basal metabolic rate in adults. Making it easier to develop heat in the body.
    Caffeine Withdrawal Headache can be immediately relieved.
    Poor Saturation – Less oxygen supply to the brain . It appears that caffeine improves airway function in people with asthma, increasing forced expiratory volume (FEV1) by 5% to 18%, with this effect lasting for up to four hours.
    Even otherwise, The caffeine in a cup of coffee (100–130 mg) improved pain when combined with paracetamol or ibuprofen in 5–10% of people.
    Caffeine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug.
    Disclaimer : I am not giving this answer as a remedy for headache. This is just an answer for how caffeine works over headache. All these effects are valid only with mild and moderate doses of caffeine. High doses and constant consumption is very DANGEROUS to physical and mental health.
    Thanks for A2A

  17. Before a headache or migraine, blood vessels tend to enlarge, but caffeine has “vasoconstrictive” properties that cause the blood vessels to narrow and restrict blood flow, which can aid in head pain relief.
    Some people use caffeine as a cure for headaches or hangovers and that is the good part.
    On the other hand, caffeine can cause headaches also. Caffeine can make you urinate more, potentially dehydrating you. In turn, dehydration can cause headaches. Headaches can also be caused by a caffeine overdose.
    Source – https://headaches.org/2019/02/24/does-caffeine-trigger-or-treat-headaches/#:~:text=The%20Buzz%20on%20Caffeine,aid%20in%20head%20pain%20relief .

    Victor Allen’s

  18. I would expect the coffee to make the headache worse as it dehydrates. It could be better just to drink water or tea.
    It would be helpful if you could identify the cause of your headache, the most common causes are: not drinking enough fluids, not having eaten, a cold draught, tension from anxiety or from being in an awkward position. If you understand the cause then it gives you a better idea as to how to treat it. It could also spare you harmful headache pills, and help you to prevent headaches in the future and help to look after your self better.

  19. You may not like it but you are physically addicted to it. So much so that after a long nights sleep without it your body is so distressed you have a headache.
    So you drink some coffee, which scratches that itch and the headache goes away.
    I used to own a pain clinic in California. Sometimes patients would come in with weekend headaches. Fine all week, but major headache every weekend. Real bummer. There are a number of reason for this but occasionally it was because at work, they always had a cup of coffee on their desk. But on the weekend they were so busy doing weekend stuff they forgot to have their coffee.
    One final point. Coffee enhances the effect of headache medicines. There used to be a product called APC-Codeine that was really good for headaches. Aspirin, phenacetin, caffeine and codeine. It was taken off the market from memory because Phenacetin caused liver damage, not to mention the addictive codeine. But it worked really well. Later the phenacetin was modified to produce acetaminophen that we know as tylenol.

  20. Caffeine increases blood pressure and opens up the vascular system along with an elevated heart rate. Adding a little movement to get the blood flowing is also a good idea.
    2 Motrin and 2 Punch’d Energy Caffeine Gummies not only reduce the effects of migraines, this combination also helps women with their menstrual cycle.
    Punch’d Energy literally knocks out a headache! Amazon reviews confirm the effectiveness for headaches. Neat trick really.

  21. Yes. It helps in some forms of headache.
    In December 2000, I was in Bombay (Mumbai) to write a very tough, prestigious examination at the age of 52 – The Level III examinations of American Society for Non-Destructive Testing, considered to be a mark of an expert.
    I prepared well for the examinations that were spread out over 3 days – Basic on the first day, Ultrasonic Testing on the second day and Radiographic Testing on the third day.
    Though I was well prepared and apparently relaxed, some hidden tension (as I mentioned above, it was a matter of prestige for me and my organisation, especially my boss who got the approval for spending a lot of money for the preparation and the exam), caused very severe headache on all the three days…and each day I had to take a paracetamol tablet (self medication) and two cups of coffee.
    The exams were over and I took the night train to Hyderabad as scheduled. Next day early morning, while I was still in the train, again I got headache – due to caffeine withdrawal…luckily for me, one seller came with fresh, hot coffee and I had two papers cups of coffee…
    The exams and the tension over, the headaches also disappeared…because I got back into the normal routine that anyway involved a few cups of tea and coffee daily, at home and in the office (Nuclear Fuel Complex, where I was a Q.C. / Q.A. Manager of a fairly big team of scientists, engineers, technicians etc. and had some critical responsibilities.
    If you take coffee and the headache improves and when you stay away from the coffee or other caffeine containing drinks / beverages (includes tea, energy drinks, colas etc.), the headache recurs, it means you are sensitive.
    You can keep consuming the coffee etc. or give up totally and suffer for a few days and be free of the headaches…but then you can’t take coffee again…


  22. I get headaches and I´m a regular coffee taker. The coffee isn´t stopping headaches. Never has. If I go off coffee for some days, I´ll get some withdrawal headaches, but even that is uncertain—because I just get headaches anyway. There´s no exact science in it in my view.
    People also claim coffee helps you lose weight. Yet another false claim from all I can tell for myself and many folks I know.
    Coffee is tasty, energizing and something warm to take as a habit. Some say it may prevent some cancers but what I read is that it´s not super conclusive.
    Have coffee if you like it but don´t hang your hat on any of these miracles. Coffee is just a plant product of nature. It´s not a magical elixir.

  23. can be for mygraine type of headaches based on anecdotal experience. Problem is is that there is no’dose” that has been established that will be always effective. Migraine headaches are caused by enlarged vessels in the brain, which can be counteracted on by caffeine. It’s worth a try. There is a medication called cafrigot which has been prescribed for migraine headaches for many years. It, as per the name, contains caffeine

  24. Your headache is probably a caffeine withdrawal symptom; if so, the caffeine in coffee counteracts it and your headache goes away.
    You can get off coffee dependence in a 3-day headachy weekend if you decide to do that.
    Good luck!

  25. Caffeine constrict blood vessels. While headache caused by a pressure by blood vessel dilations. So I guess yes it might help.
    Correct me if Im wrong.

  26. Yes. Before the current migraine medications, Fioricet and Fiorinol were standard. One has aspirin, the other acetaminophen, plus barbiturate, and caffeine.

  27. Caffeine in the coffee is beneficial for migraine headache.
    Caffeine acts by blocking the adenosine receptors in the brain which is elevated in a migraine attack.
    Unfortunately, caffeine’s effects on the brain can vary tremendously depending upon how often you use it. With occasional use, it may provide modest acute headache relief as well as its characteristic satisfying sense of alertness and wellbeing. However, with daily or near-daily caffeine exposure, the brain may develop a tolerance for the drug. This means a given dose becomes less effective with repeated use. Dependency develops when the brain expects that an additional dose of caffeine will be coming soon. If that caffeine expectation is unmet, a withdrawal syndrome results which includes headache itself as a prominent symptom, along with fatigue, trouble concentrating, nausea, and other symptoms suggestive of migraine.
    For people who experience migraine, caffeine taken three or more days per week, for whatever reason, may lead to dependency and increased migraine frequency. Hence for those who have frequent headaches, avoidance of all caffeine is ideal. It recommend that for treatment purpose caffeine intake must be restricted to two days per week.

  28. Yes, although it depends on the type of headache, and how much caffeine you are used to taking on a regular basis.
    Before a headache or migraine, blood vessels tend to enlarge. Because it has vasoconstrictive properties that cause the blood vessels to narrow and restrict blood flow, caffeine reduces this effect. When caffeine is added to the combination of acetaminophen and aspirin, for example, the pain relief effect can be increased by 40%. (Note that this is the recipe for Excedrin.)
    However, if you already drink 10 cups of coffee a day, drinking an 11th cup may not dramatically improve your pain relief.

    Eight O’Clock

  29. Caffeine helps reduce inflammation, and that can bring relief. It also gives a boost to common headache remedies. Whether you use aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, they work faster and better and keep the pain away for longer when combined with caffeine.

  30. Yes, it can. Caffeine was (and still might be) one of the active ingredients in over-the-counter aspirin products. It works to help relieve common headaches.
    More modern pain relievers are effective without it.
    Mainly though, coffee is good for relieving the common headache associated with caffeine withdrawal.

  31. Can cause or cure. In my cause caffeine gives me migraines. The moment I drink a cup of coffee…bam! Sucks….because I used to love coffee.

  32. Scientifically I am uncertain but it may be because the caffeine acting as a stimulant in certain regions of the brain cause you to focus on the euphoric feeling of quick energy instead of the pain of the headache.
    Your mind can be convinced of so many many things. And this is one of them.


  33. Coffee may be able to help with a headache but…

    Will coffee cure headaches?

    It is true that coffee may be able to help with a headache, but this depends on your daily caffine intake.
    Caffine dependancy can occur after drinking it over a week. If your anyone like me, consuming coffee every morning for a week is an easy task, but trying to not drink it is much harder. When not having my cup o joe in the morning, I tend to get a “Caffine Headache.”
    When you have that daily cup or more, treating a headache with coffee becomes much more difficult.
    According to the Caffine and Migraine report in the American Headache Society, “Caffine is the worlds most popular drug and coffee possibly second most valuable product after oil.”
    With all this, do we or do we not have our morning cup? I choose to take my chances and keep that daily cup

  34. No, caffeine gives many the headache. It does me so i just drink Tea,,,with my cucumber sandwiches and a slice of cake while sitting on the lawn here in Englands green and pleasant land


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  36. Caffeine is a vaso-constrictor. Migraines happen when your get vaso-dilation. Also, if you’re addicted to caffeine, you will get a headache if you miss your daily fix. A few quick sips will rectify that. That written, it gets more complicated if you’re a migraine sufferer who gets triggered by caffeine. Then it will cause headaches.

  37. Not really. But the caffeine can have a transitory effect on headaches when starting to consume regularly and if stopping consumption. This is due to the fact caffeine constricts the blood vessels in the head.

  38. Yes it can. But it depends on the kind of headache and its effect varies from person to person. Some over the counter headache medications like Excedrin, contain caffeine. I suffer from vascular headaches and started to drink coffee on purpose because my doctor suggested it might work. It’s been a perfect. I used to suffer from headaches several times a week and now I get them very, very rarely.
    A lot of people think they know better and that I just get “rebound” headaches when I skip the coffee. But the thing is, before my doctor’s suggestion, I had avoided all caffeine for years thinking that it would make my headaches worse. So I know for a fact caffeine is not the cause of my headaches.
    My doctor told me that caffeine acted as a vasoconstrictor and that’s why it helps with the vascular headaches. I have since learned that there is some confusion about this. Some claim it is a vasodilator instead. And I’ve also read that it has both vasoconstricting and vasodilating properties and that their relative effects vary by individual. That seems to make the most sense to me since it definitely works for me.

  39. They say it does, because it brings your blood pleassure up, but for me it has never worked. I guess it depends on the cause of your specific headache, it may work for some, but not for others.

  40. I dont think so. Usually coffee actually ends up causing me to have more headaches
    Drinking water can get rid of headaches so if you ended up drinking more water at the time that could be the answer

  41. Yes, coffee or the product contains caffeine can be useful in a headache as the compound present in the caffeine relieves the stress level.
    You can also see some of the medication that contains some caffeine percentage in it.

  42. Some people who routinely use caffeine can have caffeine withdrawal headaches. For those headaches caffeine easily beats NSAIDs, acetaminophen, and even narcotics. Caffeine also mildly augments other pain meds, hence Excedrin, a mix of aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine.

  43. In some cases yes because it opened up the arteries and blood vessels for better blood flow. But it doesn’t help all people


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