Wednesday, 19th September 2012
Diagnosis and management of headaches in young people and adults
Source: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
From Press Release:
People who regularly take medicines, such as aspirin, paracetamol and triptans could be causing themselves more pain than relief. New guidance out today (Wednesday 19 September) from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) advises GPs and other healthcare professionals to consider the possibility of “medication overuse” in their patients who have been taking medicines for up to half of the days in a month, over three months.
More than 10 million people in the UK experience regular or frequent headaches, making them one of the most common health complaints. They account for around 1 in 25 of GP consultations.
While common over-the-counter treatments are effective for easing the pain of occasional headaches, it has been estimated that up to 1 in 50 people experience headaches caused by medication overuse and that women are five times more likely to get them than men. They occur when people take painkillers or triptan drugs too often for tension-type (“every day”) headaches or migraine attacks. Doing this can reduce their effectiveness and cause further pain.
+ Clinical Guidelines (PDF; 229 KB)
+ Information for the public (PDF; 152 KB)
+ Press release
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