How can I Prevent a Headrush?

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  • Last Modified Date: 26 September 2016
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There are a number of different ways in which you can avoid or prevent a headrush from occurring, and the method you choose will typically depend on the cause. Headrushes are often caused by a person too quickly changing positions from one of sitting or laying down to standing, and you can prevent these by standing more slowly and carefully. If you are on medication that can cause this effect, then you may want to consult a doctor and have your prescription changed. You may also be able to prevent a headrush by ensuring you are properly hydrated and have sufficient electrolytes in your system.

A headrush, also called orthostatic hypotension, is a moment in which blood pressure in the upper body of a person, especially the brain, drops suddenly. This moment is typically associated with brief feelings of dizziness, nausea, light-headedness, a sensation of warmth in the head and shoulder area, a dimming or blurring of vision, and even fainting. Someone who experiences them infrequently can typically alter certain behaviors to prevent them, though frequent episodes can be symptomatic of a larger health problem. There are a number of different factors that can cause them, and the best way to avoid a headrush is to address the appropriate cause for you.


One of the most common causes of a headrush is the act of standing too quickly after sitting or lying down. While in a relaxed position other than standing, blood typically pools in the lower areas of a person’s body. As the person stands, his or her body may not have time to properly adjust and ensure blood flow to the brain, reducing blood pressure in the brain and causing an episode. If you are experiencing these types of episodes, then you should take care to stand more slowly after laying or sitting, and give your body time to adjust before standing.

A headrush can also be caused as a side effect of certain medication, including antidepressants. If you are experiencing episodes after beginning a new medication, then you should consult your doctor to see if you need to have your prescription changed. They can also be caused by dehydration, especially on hot days, as well as changes in blood pressure while digesting a large meal.

These types of episodes can be avoided through proper hydration, including sodium or other sources of electrolytes, and by eating numerous smaller meals rather than a few large meals. Headrushes can be symptomatic of other conditions including diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. If you are experiencing persistent and frequent episodes, then you should consult a doctor for further assistance.


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Post 3

@Logicfest -- True, but you don't want to get too alarmed about a head rush, either. People get those from time to time. Unless they are chronic, it might be a good idea to wait and see if you start to get head rushes more frequently before heading to the doctor.

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The thing about a head rush is that it can be a symptom of a much bigger problem. I was having head rushes when standing up too quickly and those got annoying. A quick trip to the doctor revealed I had high blood pressure.

So, a cheap prescription for that took care of the high blood pressure and the head rushes went away. The point is this -- don't take head rushes too lightly. They could point to one of several serious conditions.

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