Headache Management in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

Courtney E. Francis, MD; Peter A. Quiros, MD


Int Ophthalmol Clin. 2014;54(1):103-114. 

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The treatment of headache in IIH is complex and multimodal. Establishment of the characteristics of the presenting headache is extremely important. Lowering of ICP should be the first step in management. Recurrent or persistent headache should be compared in quality to the presenting headache. If a primary headache is present the therapy for that disorder should be initiated. In many cases strategies similar to those used in the treatment of chronic primary headaches will need to be used.