Headache and Migraine Pain

Headaches are one of the most common problems and can be triggered by a range of things including stress, dehydration, tiredness and hormone fluctuations.

The most common type is a tension headache, which can be caused by stress, alcohol, dehydration and lack of sleep.

If you have been taking painkillers for headaches over a period of time you may suffer from a medication overuse headache. Please speak to your GP or pharmacist if you suspect this is the case.


Migraines are less common than headaches but tend to be more severe and can be debilitating. Migraines are associated with certain triggers, which can include stress and certain foods while some people will get an ‘aura’ or ‘sign’ before an attack, such as visual disturbances.


  • Headaches: The feeling of a tight band around the head, a dull ache or constant pressure
  • Migrane: Pounding, throbbing on one or both sides of their head, nausea, sensitivity to light, sounds or smells, seeing flashing lights or zig-zag patterns

How can I avoid headaches and migraines?

Recognise your own personal triggers by keeping a diary, drink plenty of fluids, ensure you are well rested and take regular breaks from work.

Product recommendation

Try Solpadeine Headache or Solpadeine Migraine. Ask your pharmacist for more advice.

Solpadeine Plus Capsules, Solpadeine Plus Tablets, Solpadeine Plus Soluble Tablets and Solpadeine Max Soluble Tablets contain paracetamol, codeine phosphate hemihydrate and caffeine. Solpadeine Max Tablets contain paracetamol and codeine phosphate hemihydrate. Solpadeine Migraine Ibuprofen & Codeine Tablets contain ibuprofen and codeine phosphate hemihydrate. Solpadeine products should be taken for the short term treatment of acute moderate pain which is not relieved by paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin alone. Products containing codeine can be addictive and should be used for a maximum of three days. Solpadeine Headache Soluble Tablets contain paracetamol and caffeine – a mild analgesic and antipyretic formulated to give extra pain relief. Always read the leaflet.