Your Health: May 14, 2001


SPLITTING HEADACHES Here's a new pick-me-up for longtime sufferers. Researchers report that a combination of low-dose tricyclic antidepressants and stress-management training can significantly reduce the severity and frequency of chronic tension headaches. The regimen is not for folks who suffer from migraines or the occasional pounder; it's for those with head pain that is severe and unremitting, occurring nearly every day for at least six months. And though the antidepressants require a prescription, they may be a better choice than aspirin, Advil or other over-the-counter pain relievers, most of which can trigger rebound attacks in chronic sufferers.


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