medicine for head-ache

  • Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    "For" is commonly used in the above stated word combination in the U.S. Is it all right in other English speaking countries? Would it be wrong to say "medicine against head-ache"?
    Hello, Budspok

    Actually, "medicine for head-ache" sounds quite strange - I suspect in AmE as well as in BrE. If I was using the word "medicine" in this context, I would say "medicine for a headache"/"medicine for headaches" - or, much more likely, "headache medicine" (as Pete says in post 2).

    In practice, since "medicine for headaches" usually comes in the form of tablets or pills, I would actually say "pills/tablets for headaches" or, much more probably, "headache pills/tablets".
     
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