Drug-Induced Headache

  • Hans-Christoph Diener
  • Marcia Wilkinson
Conference proceedings

Part of the Advances in Applied Neurological Sciences book series (NEUROLOGICAL, volume 5)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Introduction

    1. M. Wilkinson
      Pages 1-2
  3. Clinical Aspects of Drug-Induced Headache

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. P. G. Andersson
      Pages 16-19
    3. G. Micieli, G. C. Manzoni, F. Granella, E. Martignoni, G. Malferrari, G. Nappi
      Pages 20-28
    4. E. Scholz, H.-C. Diener, S. Geiselhart
      Pages 29-43
    5. V. Pfaffenrath, U. Niederberger
      Pages 44-62
  4. Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Aspects of Drug-Induced Headache

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. P. Henry, J. F. Daubech, J. Lucas, M. Gagnon
      Pages 75-79
    3. K.-L. Täschner, G. A. Wiesbeck
      Pages 80-84
  5. Pharmacological Aspects of Drug-Induced Headache

  6. Treatment of Drug-Induced Headache

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. H.-C. Diener, W. D. Gerber, S. Geiselhart, J. Dichgans, E. Scholz
      Pages 133-142
    3. G. C. Manzoni, G. Micieli, F. Granella, G. Sandrini, C. Zanferrari, G. Nappi
      Pages 143-149
    4. N. T. Mathew
      Pages 150-156
    5. A. M. Rapoport, R. E. Weeks
      Pages 162-167
    6. M. Wilkinson
      Pages 168-169
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 171-173

About these proceedings


M. WILKINSON Patients with frequent or daily headaches pose a very difficult problem for the physician who has to treat them, particularly as many patients think that there should be a medicine or medicines which give them instant relief. In the search for the compound which would meet this very natural desire, many drugs have been manufactured and the temptation for the physician is either to increase the dose of a drug which seems to be, at any rate, partially effective, or to add one or more drugs to those which the patient is already taking. Although there have been some references to the dangers of overdosage of drugs for migraine in the past, it was not until relatively recently that it was recognized that drugs given for the relief of headache, if taken injudiciously, may themselves cause headache. The first drugs to be implicated in this way were ergotamine and phenazone. In the case of ergotamine tartrate, the dangers of ergotism were well known as this was a disorder which had been known and written about for many years. In the treatment of headache, fully blown ergotism is rare and in recent years has usually been due to self-medication in doses much greater than those prescribed although there are a few recorded cases where toxic amounts have been given.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Christoph Diener
    • 1
  • Marcia Wilkinson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyUniversity of TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.The City London Migraine ClinicLondonUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-73329-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-73327-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0935-0195
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