Medication Overuse in Children and Adolescents

Current Pain and Headache Reports (Impact Factor: 2.26). 07/2014; 18(7):428. DOI: 10.1007/s11916-014-0428-1
Source: PubMed


Medication overuse is not uncommon among children and adolescents with primary headache disorders. Medication overuse in adults is associated with increased headache frequency and reduced effectiveness of acute and preventive medications. These issues probably exist in children. While withdrawal of overused medications is generally recommended, it may not result in improved headache frequency in all patients. This review summarizes what is known about predicting the response to medication withdrawal. Strategies for managing children and adolescents with medication overuse are also offered.