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BrainWaves: A Neurology Podcast


Jun 16, 2016

Although physicians use medications to treat headache, the mind can become tolerant. In fact, many otherwise helpful medications may even aggravate a pre-existing headache syndrome. In this BrainWaves brief, we discuss the concept of medication-overuse headache and its treatment, which may be counterintuitive and is often challenging for patients. BrainWaves podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used to guide medical decision making in routine clinical practice. Any cases discussed in this episode are fictional and do not contain any patient health identifying information. The content in this episode was vetted and approved by Roderick Spears. REFERENCES 1. Dodick DW. Clinical practice. Chronic daily headache. The New England journal of medicine. 2006;354:158-165 2. Diener HC, Limmroth V. Medication-overuse headache: A worldwide problem. The Lancet. Neurology. 2004;3:475-483 3. Tomkins GE, Jackson JL, O'Malley PG, Balden E, Santoro JE. Treatment of chronic headache with antidepressants: A meta-analysis. The American journal of medicine. 2001;111:54-63