According to information published on Mexico’s official government website, most people who suffer from headaches, and migraines in Mexico resort to self-medication.
Headaches are a health problem, as many people do not receive effective care.
Almost half of the adult population in Mexico have suffered at least one headache in the last year and despite being medically treatable, they are among the 20 most disabling diseases nationwide.
Headaches are also associated with personal and social problems, but they can also be caused by other disorders, such as excessive use of pain relievers.
Between half and three-quarters of people aged 18 to 65 have experienced a headache:
- 30 percent or more have had a migraine and about 4 percent have chronic headaches.
- Headaches are twice as common in women than in men, due to hormonal influences, the discomfort can last from a few hours to 2 or 3 days, and the characteristic symptom is nausea.
- Approximately 50 percent of the patients resort to self-medication, 38 percent were evaluated by a doctor, and 10 percent receive treatment from a specialist in neurology.
Most people who suffer from headaches self-medicate mainly with acetyl acid (aspirin) and paracetamol.