Which clinical history findings are characteristic of medication-overuse pediatric headaches?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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Chronic use of medications to treat headaches, such as analgesics or triptans, can result in medication-overuse headache. The International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD) has recognized this entity. It is defined as the development of a different type of headache or worsening of a migraine or tension headache, resulting in chronic daily headaches. It develops after use of medications such as analgesics or the triptans on more than 10 days per month or after the use of over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics for more than 15 days per month for 3 months' duration.


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