When you have a headache, over-the-counter (OCT) analgesic medicines such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen can be a fast, effective remedy that stops the pounding pain. But thanks to an increasing range of treatment options, finding a solution to soothe the pain isn't as simple as it sounds, while taking too many painkillers can potentially make the problem worse.

Working through the list of options can put a strain on your already-suffering brain, especially with all the medical jargon involved. We've broken down the key points you need to consider when shopping for headache and migraine medication.

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