Medication Overuse

Overview

When used too frequently, some medications can actually contribute to more headache days. Patients leaning on over-the-counter medication, narcotics and other painkillers could be unknowingly worsening their symptoms. These resources will help providers identify medication overuse headache, wean patients off ineffective treatments and find more successful treatment options.

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Videos

Over-the-Counter Medications

When treating migraine, there are two main forms of medication to manage symptoms: over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, and prescription medications, such as triptans. Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS, spoke with us about everything you should know about these therapies.

News & Articles

Treating Medication Overuse Headache

Learn more about what treatment options there are and how to decide on which treatmentRead More

Research Summary: Treatment Strategies for Medication Overuse Headache

Medication overuse headache (MOH) is characterized by escalating headache frequency and the progressive use ofRead More

OTC Migraine Treatment: Q&A

Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS, discusses working with patients and getting honest answers about their OTCRead More

Medication Overuse Headache: Q&A With Todd Schwedt, MD, FAHS

Medication overuse is highly prevalent among patients with migraine. Dr. Todd Schwedt defines medication overuseRead More

Medication Overuse Headache: Q&A with Deborah Friedman, MD, MPH, FAHS

Medication overuse headache is a well-known association with chronic headache disorders including chronic migraine. Dr.Read More

Podcasts

Treating and Preventing Migraine

What acute and preventive medication options are there for people living with migraine? Dr. Olivia Begasse De Dhaem provides an overview of the different types of medications, from NSAIDS to triptans.

Patient Resources

Are You at Risk for Chronic Migraine? | The American Migraine Foundation

Enter your name and email for a free download of our guide on the progression of migraine from episodic to chronic.Read More

Understanding Migraine Medications | The American Migraine Foundation

Enter your name and email for a free download of our guide: Understanding Migraine MedicationsRead More

Overusing certain headache medications can lead to increased headaches. Learn more about the causes and how to manage medication overuse headache.Read More

Find out whether over-the-counter medications or prescription medications are better for treating your migraine symptoms.Read More

Understanding and avoiding medication overuse headache. Learn more about how to prevent and treat medication overuse headache.Read More

Medication Overuse Headache: Q&A with Deborah Friedman

Medication overuse headache is a well-known association with chronic headache disorders including chronic migraine. Dr. Deborah Friedman discusses with AHS.Read More

Is Medication Overuse Headache Treated Appropriately?

Patients suffering from headaches are often advised about a type of secondary headache called medication overuse headache or MOH.Read More

Headache progression can increase your headache frequency. Learn the causes, risk factors and how to prevent progression from episodic to chronic.Read More

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