Medication Overuse Can Make Chronic Headaches Worse

December 6, 2008
By Linda Dums
For The Post-Crescent

When a headache hits, it’s easy to reach into the medicine cabinet for a pill.

But if the occurrences are frequent, sufferers may be experiencing headaches from medication overuse and should see a doctor.

“In the long run it’s the right thing to do because suffering headaches you really can’t work at your quality and maintain a healthy life,” said Orly Avitzur, Consumers Union medical adviser in Younkers, N.Y.

According to the International Headache Society, medication-overuse headaches are those that are present for at least 15 days a month or have developed or markedly worsened because the sufferer used too much medication.

There are two main causes of frequent headaches — a history of migraines and medication-overuse. More…