Over-the-Counter Ibuprofen: A Reversible Cause of Hypertension and Headache
December 01, 2004
The patient is a 47-year-old man who began to experiencefrequent headaches about 6 years before hepresented to a neurology clinic. The headaches rapidly progressedto become daily and almost constant. He describeda sensation of dull pressure in both temples that was presenton or within a few hours of awakening and that persistedfor the remainder of the day. He experienced a moreintense, disabling, throbbing pain in the same locationonce or twice a week, with photophobia and nausea, thatmight last 2 to 3 days. The patient took 2 to 6 over-thecounter(OTC) analgesic tablets each day-usually200 mg of ibuprofen. These would dull but not terminatethe pain.