Headache: How do you Treat Medication Overuse?

How do you treat headache caused by medication overuse, and when is hospitalization required? Four experts in headache treatment offered their thoughts: David Watson, MD, director of the Headache Center at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va., Joel Saper, MD, director of the Michigan Headache and Neurological Institute in Ann Arbor, Mich., Vincent Martin, MD, director of the Headache and Facial Pain Program at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute in Cincinnati, and Timothy Collins, MD, of Duke University in Durham, N.C. Patients must first be convinced that they need to take less medication and then be weaned off the offending drugs, with inpatient care needed to fully detoxify the severest cases.

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