Q. I saw a consultant 11 days ago who prescribed the drug indomethacin for my constant right-sided headache that I have had for the last nine weeks. I had an MRI scan showing nothing sinister. However, this drug is not working, and I don't know if I am expecting it to work too soon. I am in a lot of pain tonight and am seeing the consultant next Sunday. Should the drug be having an effect by now? As I am pushing my appointment forward, am I doing the right thing? I can't believe I am still in pain. The dosage is 50mg three times daily. Hoping you can advise me.

Q: I have been having a mild-to-moderate throbbing pain above my ear that comes and goes. My eye bothers me, too. Two ibuprofens seem to lessen the throbbing. I do drink a lot of coffee with caffeine and am not sure if that’s a factor. I am only worried because I have never had headaches before. How can I be sure I don’t have a tumor or bleeding in the brain?

Chronic paroxysmal hemicrania is a typical cluster-like headache usually experienced by females, with multiple short, one-sided and severe head pain attacks. This type of headache frequently responds to non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory drugs, in particular indomethocin....

Indomethacin (Indocin®) is an analgesic. It is classified as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug. These are commonly referred to as NSAIDS. Other NSAIDS are also used as analgesics. Indomethacin can be used as a pain reliever or analgesic. It can also be used as a treatment for arthritis, fever or other conditions where inflammation plays a role in creating the symptoms.