What is the role of analgesics in the treatment of pediatric headache?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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Analgesics such as acetaminophen and NSAIDs can be used as abortive therapy. They seem to be particularly effective in the pediatric population, and they can be obtained without prescription. Less risk of medication-overuse headache (rebound or withdrawal headache) may be seen with long-acting NSAIDs such as naproxen sodium.


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