When to see your doctor
As soon as you can:
- if this is your first or worst ever headache
- if you think your headaches are migraine but this hasn’t yet been properly diagnosed or effectively treated.
- if you have a headache with fever, stiff neck, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness or intolerance of light, especially following a head injury
- if you have a headache that has lasted several days, especially if there are other symptoms
- if you have a headache accompanied by altered vision or drowsiness
- if you have a headache for which self-help remedies haven’t worked in 3-4 days
- if you have a persistent one-sided headache with tenderness over the temples.
If you have other symptoms as well as headaches, or a medical condition that seems to be getting worse, it is important to see your doctor before using this information. If you have recently started taking new medication, speak to your pharmacist about whether this might be the cause of your problems.