Tension Headache Relief Starter Set

Refills from $8.00
Provides fast relief for headaches, neck, and shoulder pain associated with stress.
  • Acetaminophen 500 mg (Pain reliever/fever reducer)
  • Caffeine 65 mg (Pain Reliever Aid)

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  • 1 refillable child-safe glass medicine bottle

  • 1 compostable (municipal or industrial) refill pouch including:

    • 30 quality verified Tension Headache Relief caplets, free of allergens, carcinogens and gluten

    • 1 magnetic label for Tension Headache Relief made from 100% recyclable materials

    • Drug facts booklet for Tension Headache Relief

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High quality & 
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Sustainably produced & packaged
Sustainably produced & packaged
Space-saving & refillable bottles
Space-saving & refillable bottles
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Compostable & commitment-free refills

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Frequently Asked Questions


We know how important it is to know what you're putting inside your body. Please visit this link for a PDF of full drug facts for Cabinet Tension Headache Relief.

For those with celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, we know how hard it can be to find safe medications and products you can trust. Cabinet is the first healthcare company to conduct batch-level quality testing through a 3rd party lab for carcinogens, gluten, and purity. This ensures that every batch of medicine that goes to market is high quality and free of harmful ingredients.

Cabinet Tension Headache Relief is certified gluten-free and 100% free from known carcinogens. You can view our 3rd party certificate of analysis at this link.

For the curious consumer: Batch-level testing is not common practice among manufacturers. A great example of the lack of testing in this space is the massive Zanac (randitidine) recall in 2019 and 2020. Manufacturers recalled ranitidine (both brand and generic) after a cancer-causing chemical called N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) was discovered in every medicine lot.

Cabinet Tension Headache Relief, a generic alternative to Excedrin® Tension Headache, is popular over-the-counter (OTC) combination pill used for headache relief. Each tablet contains two medicines, each working to relieve specific symptoms. How each individual ingredient works is explained below:

Acetaminophen: The active ingredient, acetaminophen, belongs to a group of medications called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers). The exact way acetaminophen works in the body is not well known. It may work by decreasing the production of chemicals that cause inflammation, known as prostaglandins. It is also thought that acetaminophen can increase the pain threshold, making it so that more pain would have to develop for before you can feel it. Lastly, acetaminophen can act on the heat-regulating center of the brain (hypothalamus). When your temperature is high, it can tell this center of the brain to cool the body to bring your fever down. This ingredient is available separately as Cabinet Pain Reliever & Fever Reducer.

Caffeine: Caffeine works to relieve pain in an interesting way. The same way caffeine can be effective for pain relief is the same way caffeine can cause pain. When blood vessels expand or swell in the head, there is increased blood flow and pressure around the brain. This triggers nerves to send pain messages to the brain, which in turn produces feelings of a headache. Caffeine can step in to decrease swelling of blood vessels and stop blood from flowing to the brain. When caffeine is combined with a pain medication, such as acetaminophen, it can enhance the overall effect of the medication and help provide quicker pain relief.

Fun Fact! You may notice that when you drink a lot of coffee everyday, you get headaches when you stop drinking it. This is because the body can become dependent on caffeine. Regular caffeine consumption can cause regular narrowing of blood vessels around the brain, but what happens when you suddenly stop consuming caffeine? This lack of caffeine can cause an increase in blood flow and pressure around the brain that you are not used to. This is called a withdrawal headache. It can take a couple weeks for your body to adjust to not having caffeine regularly, so this is why it may be tough for someone to cut down on drinking coffee.

Cabinet Tension Headache Relief can be used to temporarily relieve minor aches and pains caused by headache, stiff neck, or other muscular aches. This product is a good option for quick relief of head, neck, and shoulder pain that comes with stress and tension. Keep in mind that acetaminophen does not help with pain from inflammation or swelling. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen or naproxen, are generally better options for inflammatory pain or swelling.

Tip: Cabinet Tension Headache Relief works well for tension-type headaches and general head pain. If you have a sinus headache that persists with a lot of congestion, Cabinet Daytime Severe Cold & Flu may be a better option.

Adults and children 12 years and over may take two (2) caplets every six hours as needed for muscle or headache pain. Do not take more than six caplets in a 24 hour period. This product is not recommended for children under the age of 12, unless directed by a doctor. Cabinet Tension Headache Relief should be kept out of reach from children.

Liver Warning: This product contains acetaminophen. Severe liver damage may occur if you take more than 4,000 mg of acetaminophen in 24 hours. It is very important to watch out for other acetaminophen products (OTC and prescription medications) and to make sure additive sources of acetaminophen do not go over 4,000 mg a day. Avoid consuming three or more alcoholic beverages every day while using this product. In the case of an overdose, contact a Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) or seek medical attention immediately.

Caffeine Warning: This recommended dose of this product contains about as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Avoid using other caffeine-containing medicines, foods, or beverages while taking this product. Too much caffeine can cause side effects including nervousness, irritability, sleeplessness, and rapid heartbeat.

Avoid using Cabinet Tension Headache Relief with any other over-the-counter or prescription pain medicines that contain acetaminophen. Taking too much acetaminophen can cause liver injury. If you are not sure if a medicine has acetaminophen in it, check with a doctor or pharmacist. Some Cabinet medicines that have acetaminophen include: Daytime Severe Cold & Flu, Pain Reliever & Fever Reducer, and Pain Reliever & Sleep Aid. Do not use Cabinet Tension Headache Relief if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any ingredient in this product.

Please speak with your doctor prior to using Cabinet Tension Headache Relief if you have liver disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or if you are taking a prescription drug called warfarin to thin your blood.

You should stop using Cabinet Tension Headache Relief and seek medical advice from a health care professional if you notice:

  • New pain or symptoms that occur

  • A painful area that is red or swollen

  • Pain that gets worse or lasts for more than 10 days

  • Fever that gets worse or lasts for more than three days

These presentations could be signs of a more serious medical condition. Cabinet Tension Headache Relief is recommended for temporary pain relief. If you suffer from chronic headache or muscle aches, refer to your doctor for pain management or neurology resources.

Please speak with your doctor prior to using Cabinet Tension Headache Relief if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Acetaminophen and low amounts of caffeine are generally considered to be safe in pregnancy and lactation, but the benefits and risks of use still must be evaluated by your healthcare provider.

It is recommended to limit or avoid alcohol while you are taking Cabinet Tension Headache Relief. Mixing acetaminophen and alcohol can potentially lead to liver damage. Combining caffeine with alcohol can sometimes mask the depressant effects of alcohol. This can make people think they can drink more alcohol than they otherwise would. It is recommended to wait at least four hours after taking a dose of this product before consuming alcohol. Avoid consuming three or more alcoholic beverages a day while using this product.

Cabinet Tension Headache Relief does not usually have many side effects. If you experience any unusual effects after taking this medicine, contact your doctor or local pharmacist immediately.

Although rare, call 9-1-1 or seek medical help immediately if you develop a serious allergic reaction to acetaminophen. Symptoms of a very serious reaction include: rash, skin reddening, blisters, itching or swelling (usually in the face, tongue, and throat), severe dizziness, and difficulty breathing.

In the case of an overdose, contact a Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222) or seek medical attention immediately. Signs of overdose may include: nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, sweating, stomach pain, yellowing of the eyes/skin, dark urine, clay-colored stools, nervousness or jitteriness, irritability, and sleep problems.

FAQs and Drug Facts Medically Reviewed by Joanna Tam, Healthcare and Content Manager
10 Reviews
  • Marc L.
    So happy to get rid

    So happy to get rid of plastic pill bottles!

  • apurva p.
    Very effective and works as

    Very effective and works as well as name brand Better packaging then all others

  • April M.
    Works just as good as Excederin

    Love the refillable glass jars. Saves on waste. Excellent product

  • Susana G.

    Love the container and the easy to open and read ingredients haven’t taken them but it’s good to have

  • Jennifer D.
    I can’t express the happiness

    I can’t express the happiness we have knowing these are safe for my daughter AND better for the environment!!!! I hope they are able to add a few more medicines!

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