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Analgesics and opioids for migraines result in more medication overuse headaches

KEY POINT

Use of analgesics (e.g., NSAIDs) and opioids for management of acute migraines were associated with a higher risk of medication overuse headaches compared with triptans and ergots, according to results of a systematic review published online in The Journal of Headache and Pain.

SOURCES

Thorlund K, et al. Risk of medication overuse headache across classes of treatments for acute migraine. J Headache Pain. 2016;[Epub ahead of print].