Excedrin for the Holidays {Giveaway – $140 Value – US & Canada}


Those of us that are headache sufferers know the pain: the throbbing ache that settles at the base of your skull, or on the side of your head, or the worst…the shooting pain right behind your eye. The worst headaches of all, of course, are migraines, and I’m sad to say that I am one of the unfortunates that know the agony. I’ve had headaches ever since I was young – not even in the double digits of life yet – and I’ve done everything I can to make them go away for good.

Sadly, I don’t think that I can ever completely stop them, but I have learned some tricks about limiting their intensity:

  • Make sure you drink enough fluids throughout the day. If I’m dehydrated, I always get a headache.
  • Make sure you eat proper meals throughout the day. Days where I lack protein seem to bring on the worst headaches.
  • Take a pain killer like Excedrin Migraine at the first signs of a headache. The quicker I take a pain killer, the better the chance that the headache won’t become debilitating.

excedrin-migraineExcedrin Migraine and the National Headache Foundation in the United States held a joint survey to learn more about migraines and those that suffer from them. For example, the average migraine lasts for 12 hours if the sufferer doesn’t take medication. As someone who suffers from migraines, I can’t actually imagine not taking a pain killer.

Something else that the joint survey found was that 3/4 of the migraine sufferers interviewed would give up something for an entire year in order to never go through the pain of a migraine ever again. I know I absolutely would give up a great deal to never have a migraine again.

The statistic that I found the most interesting was that eight in ten migraine sufferers feel that their family suffers as much as they do because of the impact that it has on their ability to maintain a regular routine. This is so true in my family. When I have a migraine, I’m completely out of commission for hours and hours. The management of the house falls to my husband, and occasionally, I’ve even had to call him home from work because I was unable to function.

It’s critical to me that I stop a migraine as soon as possible. When I have a headache, I always rely on medication from a trusted brand such as Excedrin Migraine. According to Excedrin’s site, clinical studies have shown that Excedrin Migraine can start to provide relief from migraines in just thirty minutes. Excedrin Migraine is also the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA in the United States, to treat all the symptoms of a migraine.

In addition to my own headache prevention tips, Excedrin Migraine suggests:

  • Keeping a migraine journal to track potential triggers such as when or what you eat, amount of sleep, etc.
  • Aerobic exercise – even as short as a 20-minute walk – has been shown to reduce migraines
  • Apply a cool compress to the back of your neck when migraine pain does attack

To find out more about limiting and managing migraines, visit the Excedrin Migraine Center or visit Excedrin Migraine on Facebook.

Excedrin Migraine is available in Geltabs, Tablets and Caplets. Please see your doctor if you suffer from migraines for proper diagnosis and to discuss your and treatment options.


You can save $1 off your next purchase of Excedrin Migraine with this downloadable coupon. (US coupon)


Now for the fun stuff! I am super excited to announce that I have a fantastic giveaway for three (3) lucky readers! Each winner will receive an Excedrin Gift Basket containing:

  • A full-value coupon for any one Excedrin Migraine product (max value $13.99)
  • A therapeutic neck wrap
  • Swarovski Crystal Ear Buds to listen to relaxing music
  • A soothing gel eye mask
  • $15 iTunes gift card to purchase relaxing tunes
  • $50 American Express gift card
  • Foot massager
  • Back massager

This giveaway is open to anyone with a shipping address in the United States or Canada! To enter, please leave a comment on this post, giving me one tip to reduce the severity or occurrence of headaches or migraines, then click that option as being complete in the Rafflecopter widget. You will then see additional optional entries that you can complete if you like.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Migraine relief and relaxation kit were provided by Novartis Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Excedrin® Migraine. I am not a medical professional and this post is not intended to act as medical advice. If you suffer from headaches or migraines, please seek the help of a medical professional. All opinions and experiences described in this post are my own.


  1. MrsBrits says

    I suffered from chronic stress headaches after a tough period of grief a few years ago, IMS / massage therapy and keeping hydrated were key to managing them. I also live in “Chinook” country, and sometimes those winds and the air pressure they bring can trigger headaches, so I know headache pain!

  2. Amy C says

    I try to avoid headaches by drinking lots of water and not stressing about the little things I can’t control.

  3. Heather Diotte says

    I try to avoid headaches by laying in a dark room in total silence, not thinking anything but calm and serene thoughts!

  4. Sandra Brodeur says

    First thing, every morning, I take two Excedrin with a hearty breakfast. I don’t start off like a blaze of fire but rather slow. This seems to help me get through the day without any signs of a migraine.

  5. smothermother says

    you probably don’t want to hear this, but maybe avoid chocolate? my sister has aura migraines and had to do a food calendar to see if there were food triggers. chocolate. and red wine! mine are completely stress related, so really, i’m screwed on that! for me it’s all about darkness.

  6. Belinda McNabb says

    To try and avoid headaches staying away from stress as much as possible and getting a good nights rest does it for me


  7. Barbara says

    I find that prevention is key: rest, exercise to get blood pumping, and avoiding loud noise when I feel pressure. I also believe in taking a pain pill the second I feel a migraine coming on. This is not a “headache” (as many people erroneously believe) that you can just ‘wait out’; they are debilitating and excruciating. I drink green juices/powders because it helps remove toxins at a more efficient rate. This is a wonderful giveaway! THANK YOU

  8. stacey dempsey says

    I get headaches if i dont get enough sleep, and i also find using a hear back on my neck helps, if you relac those muscles sometimes you can ward of stress headache
    staceyx at telus dot net

  9. Karla Sceviour says

    I try tp stay calm and not stress over everything,I also drink plenty of water.
    ksceviour at hotmail dot com

  10. Jinny says

    Taking a painkiller at the first sign of the headache is crucial — I also sometimes try to help out by putting an icepack on my head, over the “epicenter” of the migraine.

  11. Brandee says

    I find that I get headaches a lot more often when my pillow is getting old or flat. I had never even considered that until I slept on a different pillow one night and didnt have a headache when I woke up. I also find keeping myself hydrated and getting regular massage therapy helps a lot.
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  12. Cathy V. says

    I rub peppermint essential oil on my upper forehead and in a circle around my head… like a halo (*not too close to the eyes) and an icepack on my head or a heat wrap on my neck depending on what kind of headache I have.

  13. Ashley H. says

    I don’t watch tv or look at the computer in the dark. I always seem to get headaches when I do.

  14. Genifer says

    Regular headaches and migraines are quite different! A migraine is not just a “bad headache”, as any migraine sufferer knows. My main trigger is scent, and when I feel that horrible tightening of a migraine starting, I usually try to get a great big shot of caffeine really quickly. It helps reduce the severity quite effectively for me!

  15. Rebecca Shockley says

    Being a long time sufferer of Migraines, I try several things -
    lying in a quiet and dark room if possible.
    taking a calming – soothing bubble bath
    closings your eye’s and massing your temples.
    listening to a sound machine, I listen to the rain

  16. Anne Taylor says

    ugh, headaches

    I do deep breathing exercises, I also get rid of as much noise as I can, drink a cup of coffee..

    I don’t eat dairy, drink wine or eat much chocolate all in the hopes of preventing a headache


    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  17. kfloveinme says

    Drinking tea and taking a nap always helps when I have a headache

    kfloveinme at gmail dot com

  18. Julie says

    not sure how I avoid them but I do get migraines and would love to have ammunition to help fight them.

  19. ellen says

    I try and get somewhere where the light isn’t as bright or the noise so loud. If I can lay down and sleep I do that.

  20. Leanne says

    Lying down in a dark room listening to the natural sounds around me while I have a cold cloth on the area with the most pain

  21. Rhonda Struthers says

    As soon as I feel one coming on, I get some medicine in me. If I don’t have it with me, I have a strong cup of coffee and try to have a nap.. Sometimes this helps keep the migrane away


  22. Rebby says

    Headaches are hard to avoid! I live in Alberta where I get Chinook headaches all the time! I take a hot bath with some aromatherapy and get right into bed!

  23. Amy Brown says

    To avoid headaches I try to drink lots of water to stay hydrated and also try to relax my shoulders because I suffer from tension headaches.

  24. angela m says

    to avoid headaches i have a nice relaxing bubble bath

  25. anash says

    I avoid artificial sweetners and monosodium glatamate which is a trigger for me! Thanks for this splendid giveaway

  26. susan margaret says

    I find that getting a lot of sleep helps me to avoid headaches – it’s tough to do but well worth it when I can avoid them!