Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Occipital Neuralgia Home Care

Home care for occipital neuralgia includes:

  • Avoid activities that trigger occipital neuralgia.
  • Try cold compresses:
    • Wrap ice in a moist hand towel. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours, for the first few days.
  • Try warm compresses:
    • Apply for 20-30 minutes, every 1-2 hours.
  • Try massage therapy for occipital neuralgia.
  • Take prescribed medications as directed.
  • Acetaminophen for pain
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:

Occipital Neuralgia Pain Control

Medications commonly used to control pain and inflammation in adults with occipital neuralgia include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Adult dosing is 2 regular strength (325 mg) every 4 hours or 2 extra-strength (500 mg) every 6 hours.
  • Maximum dose is 4,000 mg per day.
  • Avoid this drug if you have alcoholism, liver disease or an allergy to the drug. See the package instructions.
  • Common brand names include Tylenol, Panadol, and many others.





NSAID Precautions

Occipital Neuralgia Warning Signs

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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