Medication Overuse


When used too frequently, some medications can actually contribute to more headache days. Patients leaning on over-the-counter medication, narcotics and other pain-killers could be unknowingly worsening their symptoms. These resources will help physicians identify medication overuse headache, wean patients off ineffective treatments and find more successful treatment options.

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Over-the-Counter Medications

When treating migraine, there are two main forms of medication to manage symptoms: over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, and prescription medications, such as triptans. Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS, spoke with us about everything you should know about these therapies.

News & Articles

OTC Migraine Treatment: Q&A | American Headache Society

Jessica Ailani, MD, FAHS, discusses how to get honest answers from patients about their OTC migraine treatment strategies and ways to better inform them.Read More

Medication Overuse Headache: Q&A With Todd Schwedt, MD | AHS

Todd Schwedt, MD, FAHS, defines medication overuse headache and explains how the MOTS Trial will influence treatment recommendations.Read More


Treating and Preventing Migraine

What acute and preventive medication options are there for people living with migraine? Dr. Olivia Begasse De Dhaem provides an overview of the different types of medications, from NSAIDS to triptans.

Patient Resources

Are You at Risk for Chronic Migraine? | The American Migraine Foundation

Enter your name and email for a free download of our guide on the progression of migraine from episodic to chronic.Read More

Understanding Migraine Medications | The American Migraine Foundation

Enter your name and email for a free download of our guide: Understanding Migraine MedicationsRead More

Medication Overuse Headache | American Migraine Foundation

Overusing certain headache medications can lead to increased headaches. Learn more about the causes and how to manage medication overuse headache.Read More

Over-the-Counter Medications vs. Prescription Medications | AMF

Find out whether over-the-counter medications or prescription medications are better for treating your migraine symptoms.Read More

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