Caffeine could give relief from spinal tap headache

Updated: Aug 10, 2011, 16:12 PM IST

Washington: A caffeine tablet can serve as a pain relief for people who suffer headaches after a spinal tap, a new research has found.

Researchers led by Xavier Basurto Ona of the Hospital de Figueres in Catalonia, Spain, now show that caffeine treatment can decrease the number of patients with persistent puncture headaches, when compared to a placebo. Both oral and intravenous caffeine work, with the IV form especially helpful in lessening the duration of the headaches.

Other medicines, including the prescription painkiller gabapentin, the steroid hydrocortisone and the asthma drug theophylline also can lessen the pain of the headaches compared to placebo.

The study has been published in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of the Cochrane Collaboration.

ANI