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Does HeadOn work?

Asked by webmasterwilliam (160points) August 22nd, 2008

Does HeadOn actually work on headaches? They are a marketing genius for making absolutely no claims about what it is supposed to do.

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shilolo's avatar

I doubt it very highly. Its a lot like Airborne for colds… A well-funded, marketing campaign that relies on peoples’ naivety. If its sold in the the pharmacy, it must work.

Les's avatar

Well, I think what it does is creates a cooling sensation on the user’s forehead. While I have never tried HeadOn, I have tried putting ice packs on my head when I get terrible headaches, and yes, it does work. So I would imagine that HeadOn does do something in the way of reducing that throbbing sensation in your head.

Now what doesn’t work is Oscillococcinum. That is a bunch of whooey.

Edit I just checked the Wiki page on this, and apparently, the “active” ingredient in it is so dilute that the product has been labeled as a placebo. Sort of the same story with oscilloccinum. So instead of buying HeadOn, just put a bag of frozen peas on your head, and maybe the pain will go away.

shilolo's avatar

Les, be careful bashing homeopathy ;-) There are a few flutherers who swear by it.

I, for one, think homeopathy is illegal and immoral. Why we allow, in the 21st Century, modern snake oil salesmen to prey on ill people is beyond me.

Les's avatar

@shilolo: I’m not bashing homeopathy. I’m simply saying that Oscillococcinum does nothing. I tried it. And what makes it worse is that it is mainly sugar. And sugar is not something that tastes good when you have the flu.

But thanks for the warning.

jballou's avatar

I don’t know if it works, but they have the most hilarious commercials

HEADON! APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD!!!!
HEADON! APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD!!!!
HEADON! APPLY DIRECTLY TO THE FOREHEAD!!!!

JackAdams's avatar

@shilolo: Please be careful what you say, Amigo.

There might be some CHRISTIAN SCIENTISTS reading your words.

August 22, 2008, 5:16 PM EDT

generalspecific's avatar

yeah i used it once when i had a pretty bad headache, and it really seemed to work for me, and quite fast. i won’t swear by it because i’ve only used it maybe two times but i’d try it again, definitely

oceansmist's avatar

For me personally, it absolutely did nothing. It felt like I had put menthol on my forehead, like what is put in over-the-counter items to use for muscle aches which don’t work on me either. But I have known others who have used it and it works great for them so I don’t think I can make a “blanket” statement one way or the other about any kind of medicine that is prescribed or just something you can pick up at your local grocery store. I would tell you, if it’s something that won’t interfere with any medications you might be taking and you’re not allergic to any of its ingredients, try it and hey, it might work and if it does, great! If not, you’re only out a few bucks.

breedmitch's avatar

I bought some, but I’m not really sure where I’m supposed to apply it.

BarbieM's avatar

I use it when I get a migraine. It doesn’t get rid of the pain, but it does take the edge off until my migraine medicine kicks in. I used to buy basically the same thing from the health food store years and years ago, but the store where I got it closed.

vegelizabeth's avatar

I used it when i was on a road trip to NY, i had a really bad headache, so we decided to stop at a gas station and buy some Advil, they only had HeadOn so i bought it, and it worked instantly .

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