Medication overuse headache is a chronic headache that occurs in people with a pre-existing primary headache, such as migraine or tension-type headache, following overuse of any kind of acute headache medications. It is a common and disabling disorder that affects 1% to 2% of the general population, and it is extremely important to recognize and treat this condition. Generally, treatment of medication overuse headache requires a multidisciplinary setting and includes education of patients, discontinuation of the overused medication, and initiation of preventive treatment.
In this recently updated article, Dr. Chia-Chun Chiang of the University of California, San Diego provides an update on the definition, pathophysiology, clinical aspects, and treatment strategies of this headache type.
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