Medication Overuse Headache in Children and Adolescents

Chronic Daily Headache (SJ Wang, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-014-0404-9

Cite this article as:
Chiappedi, M. & Balottin, U. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2014) 18: 404. doi:10.1007/s11916-014-0404-9
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  1. Topical Collection on Chronic Daily Headache


Medication overuse headache can be described as a chronic headache, presenting 15 or more days per month, in a patient who abuses symptomatic drugs. It has been called an unrecognized epidemic; this is in part true for adults, but is certainly so for children and adolescents. This paper reviews existing data concerning epidemiology, etiopathogenesis and treatment options, with a focus on pediatric age. This leads to evidence of a relevant number of still unanswered questions and some possible strategies to help children and adolescents with this disabling disorder.


Medication overuse headacheChildAdolescentChronic headacheEpidemiologyEtiopathogenesisTreatment

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Child Neuropsychiatry UnitC. Mondino National Neurological InstitutePaviaItaly
  2. 2.Child Neuropsychiatry Unit, Department of Brain and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of PaviaPaviaItaly