Medication Overuse in Children and Adolescents

Childhood and Adolescent Headache (S Evers, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-014-0428-1

Cite this article as:
Gelfand, A.A. & Goadsby, P.J. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2014) 18: 428. doi:10.1007/s11916-014-0428-1
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  1. Topical Collection on Childhood and Adolescent Headache


Medication overuse is not uncommon among children and adolescents with primary headache disorders. Medication overuse in adults is associated with increased headache frequency and reduced effectiveness of acute and preventive medications. These issues probably exist in children. While withdrawal of overused medications is generally recommended, it may not result in improved headache frequency in all patients. This review summarizes what is known about predicting the response to medication withdrawal. Strategies for managing children and adolescents with medication overuse are also offered.


Medication overuse headache Rebound headache Withdrawal headache Pediatric headache 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UCSF Headache CenterSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.UCSF Division of Child NeurologySan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.NIHR-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research FacilityKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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