Is coke a remedy for headache?

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@xxj3ffxx (501)
Australia
December 28, 2010 5:57am CST
This evening, I was having a hard time with my headache and my friend told me to drink coke and it will ease the pain. To my surprise he gave me some coke that he just bought from Mc donald, and It works! I felt no pain for a while... but with time, the pain came again but not as much as before. Is it true? or is it my imagination? Can someone explain to me?
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14 responses
• Philippines
28 Dec 10
coke contains caffeine. and there are some research that shows caffeine can cause mild analgesic effect, which means can relieve pain in a short period of time. some people who go to the gym takes coffee after workout to lessen muscle sores they might feel. coffee also contains caffeine. despite of these researches, coke is still not the best remedy for headache. over the counter mefenamic, paracetamol(acetaminophen) , ibuprofen can help for aches. but always do remember that if symptoms persists, always best to consult a doctor, for headache may not only be a mere pain, it may also come from from underlying serious medical condition.
• United States
28 Dec 10
I used to get really bad migraine headaches and my doctor prescriped me a medication I believe it is called "cafergot" and caffeine was one of the ingredients and it was the only medication that actually helped relieve my headaches. I have also heard some folks say choclate can help with headaches as well.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
29 Dec 10
Thank you for the information guys! It really helps in clearing questions in my mind.. So many medical terms that i cannot understand myself, but at least i know what is it for.
• Philippines
29 Dec 10
Coke can be use as cure for most simple ailments. I have heard this from my grandmother whenever I have fever. It lowers my body temperature. Provided that it is not cold from the refrigerator. I also read in an herbal book that it treats loose bowel movement as well better than Sprite soda from the same company who manufactures it. This is the first time I learn that it can be use to treat minor head aches.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
29 Dec 10
well.. it would be good if the effect of the cure is forever. Because i only feel no pain for an hour.. then the pain came again even more. Eventually it only treats a minor headache like you said.
@madteaparty (2765)
• Japan
29 Dec 10
Coke is not a remedy for a headache, but if you often drink products with caffeine it can explain why it made your headache dissappear for a while. Caffeine can cause addiction, and if you don't drink it for a while, your body will start having withdrawal sympthoms, like a headache. If you consume something with caffeine, then the sympthoms dissappear. In case you don't often drink products with caffeine I don't have an explanation for that, but I'm glad you got rid of your headache even if it was only for a little while.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
29 Dec 10
Oh.. I rarely drink coke. Except for some occasions like in a party or eating fast-foods.. Well.. i did get rid of my headache but when it came back, it was worse as before...
@maris5 (52)
• Latvia
28 Dec 10
I went to Mc after some heavy party where I had some serious hangover and coke realy helped to me, I didnt understand it either , but I guess it just somehow makes you feel better and thats it.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
29 Dec 10
What i think now, after all the explanation that i got from this post is that coke make you hyper same as coffee makes you hyper... I am not so sure if my conclusion is right here.. lol
@t_jyothi (28)
• India
28 Dec 10
I belive coke is not a remedy for headache. It is just an imagination. Coke is not a prescription for headache it is just a soft drink. Even too much of coke is not good for health. May be the headache is due to some other reasons.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
29 Dec 10
Yes, everything that is too much is not good for health.
@sanjay91422 (2678)
• India
28 Dec 10
I think coke contains the carbonates and that is harmful for our bones. It also causes the dehydration so you will lose the water from your body and then it will create the deficiency of water in there. So I count that coke have all the negative affects here. I don't use coke anymore. I don't think that coke helped you with your headache. I am sure it was just an imagination.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
28 Dec 10
yea, maybe what you saying is true... I don't know myself if my sudden cure (just for about one hour) is actually the fruit of my imagination or the effect of the coke.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Caffeine can cause a headache, but more often, it cures them, especially in combination with something else, such as tylenol, or even water, because it opens up the passageways to your brain letting the "good stuff" in faster. Many migraine and headache medications contain caffeine as one of the ingredients. I am a long-time migraine sufferer, and, for me, the combination of caffeine, water, and some food will usually do the trick if I drink/eat enough soon enough. If not, more caffeine with tylenol or advil works well for me.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
28 Dec 10
Yea.. my friend was telling me to take a combination ginger plus coke, heat a bit then drink.. I don't dare to try.. lol Like you said your combination, water and food will make a big difference in me too but it only happen gradually.
@louievill (8770)
• Philippines
28 Dec 10
Did you drink lots of coke or coffee before the headache? It could be a habit forming substance most probably caffeine that your body had been used to , so every time the blood level of the substance goes down, you experience the headache. Just a guess, that you have a false notion that coke cures the headache when in fact your are satisfying blood level amounts of the habit forming substance.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
28 Dec 10
Oh...No, I drank only a few sip because i didn't believe that coke can cure my headache... but ok... Maybe thats the reason I felt so good when I drank coke. My body needed some sugar that i provided with coke and my headache stops for a while
@TheWebGuy (244)
• United States
28 Dec 10
Water would be better than coke. I also find that pressure points help relieve the pain many times.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
28 Dec 10
Yes. Water is definitely the best to drink when having headache. but it does not have immediate effect effect as the coke calming my headache for one hour.
@Suggar (3612)
• Bulgaria
28 Dec 10
Hello friend, for me it helps, but not because i'm drinking Coke, but because usually i have low blood pressure and the Coke stabilize it. You need to check your blood pressure and to see if something is wrong there. Coke contains caffeine, it will be the same if you have low blood pressure usually and you drink coffee, but at the same time caffeine is not so good enemy of the headache, because it makes us to go to toilet often and out body will be out of water if we drink too much. I would suggest you to drink more water, to eat chocolate when you have headache and to check what is the reason for the headache, because if it is blood pressure the Coke won't help you for long time.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
28 Dec 10
Thanks suggar, I think yes, coke is definitely not a good remedy for headache... but it helps me yesterday powering up my body for a while.
• India
28 Dec 10
I dont have proper idea of it but what i can tell you is coke has chemicals and ofcourse they can hav an impact on your body and it is just that you believed it you got well.Like you trust medicine and it works right same here too.May be i has the chemicals needed to help you.So i hope you fell more great soon.Take Care.
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
28 Dec 10
Well, the thing is that i didn't believe my friend until i came back home and realise that my pain is gone and feel a bit more excited until it comes again with less pain...
@divitiae (193)
28 Dec 10
It should make a headache worse because caffeine acts as a neurotransmitter so it should make you feel more of anything. However if the headache was caused by dehydration drinking coke would give a net fluid gain despite the diaretic effects (but it would still help less than water)
@xxj3ffxx (501)
• Australia
28 Dec 10
so? does it mean that if the coke make so positive effect on me.. meaning that my headache is caused by dehydration?
@cream97 (29179)
• United States
21 Feb 11
Hi. xxj3ffxx. I have never heard of this remedy before. I don't think that it would get rid of a headache. If it came back after a while, chances are, it may not be as effective. At least it worked for you somewhat though.
@Kalyni2011 (3504)
• India
14 Feb 11
Lol i don't think it can cure headache, might make it worse, may be it was just psychological that you felt better. thnxs for sharing. happy valentine day cheers kalyani