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Medications for Concussion

Our experts at the Concussion Center closely monitor children and adults after a head injury. They typically recommend initial treatment of physical and mental rest, followed by light activity, and a gradual increase of exercise. But medication or natural supplements may be prescribed when needed to manage the symptoms of a concussion, or persistent post-concussion symptoms, which occur when concussion symptoms last beyond the expected recovery period after the initial injury.

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Headache Medication

Tension-type headaches, which cause dull pressure or constant, tight, vise-like sensations in the head, scalp, or neck, may be associated with a neck injury that happened at the time of the concussion. Your doctor may first recommend natural supplements to manage any headaches.

Some headaches, however, persist after the injury. For migraines—which can be debilitating, recurrent headaches that cause moderate to severe throbbing pain—and tension-type headaches, NYU Langone doctors may prescribe medications both to reduce headache pain and to prevent future headaches.

Medication for Mood and Sleep Disturbances

Some people experience sleep disturbances, anxiety, or depression after a head injury. An NYU Langone doctor may prescribe medications, such as antidepressants, to manage these conditions.

Your doctor may also prescribe medication in combination with cognitive therapy, which involves focused mental exercises or training in the use of a calendar, an electronic organizer, or other techniques to work around deficits in memory or attention skills. Your doctor can refer you to therapists at NYU Langone or in your community.

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