Your Health

More than 10 million people in the UK get headaches, making them one of the most common health complaints, but most are easily treated.

Most headaches aren’t serious and can be treated with pharmacy remedies and lifestyle changes, such as getting more rest and drinking enough fluids.

Headaches have many different causes but can generally be split into two types:

  • Primary headaches – those not due to another underlying health problem
  • Secondary headaches – which have a separate cause, include headaches that come on after drinking too much alcohol or after a head injury or concussion.

You may also get a headache when you’ve had:

These are described in more detail below, with links to more information on specific causes of headaches.

Tension headaches


Cluster headaches

Medication and painkiller headaches

Hormone headaches

Temporomandibular joint disorders

Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning