Romanians take healthcare into their own hands when it comes to headaches

About half of Romanians (46%) get headaches, migraines or cephalalgia at least once a month. More than half of them get migraine attacks every week, and 4 of 10 Romanians said they had never experienced such symptoms.

The survey found that 83% of Romanians suffering from headaches take healthcare into their own hands and take over-the-counter medications, 9% consult a family doctor or pharmacist, and 8% don’t take any medication when it comes to common headaches.

On the other hand, people aged 30 and plus, wait out the headache and don’t take any medication to alleviate them.

90% of Romanians managing their own healthcare needs take conventional over-the-counter drugs, while 10% use alternative remedies such as homeopathic medicine.

Algocalmin is by far the most popular drug used to treat migraine attacks with (63%), by all age groups in the survey. Paracetamol is used by 36% of Romanians and analgesic by 32%.

Nurofen and Aspirin round up the top 5 most used painkillers. Mature Romanians prefer analgesics and aspirin. Nurofen has gained popularity among Romanians aged below 30, and is the second most used drug after Algocalmin.

Migraine attacks become more frequent and more severe with age. A young person aged below 30 gets a migraine 1.4 times a month in average, while in case of persons aged above 50, migraines are more frequent, 2.5 times a month in average.

Women with an inferior education level are more prone to headaches as well as widows living in the rural area. The survey identified there is a close connection between the living standards and the frequency of migraine attacks. The lower the income, the higher the frequency of headaches.

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