Letters to the Editor
Medication overuse headache
- Karen Honson, David Williams
- Aust Prescr 2006;29:59-62
- 1 June 2006
- DOI: 10.18773/austprescr.2006.039
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Editor, – It is of great interest to note the high prevalence of medication overuse headache (Aust Prescr 2005;28:143-5) yet a corresponding paucity, or in many cases, absence, of warning statements on many common over-the-counter analgesics. Likewise, little prominence is given in consumer medication information leaflets about the potential for developing this disorder, signs and symptoms to be aware of, and the importance of seeking medical help should the disorder become apparent. Given the ready availability of codeine-containing combination analgesics without a prescription, the prevalence of this undiagnosed disorder in people who are unknowingly trapped in a vicious circle must be cause for concern. Moreover, it is disappointing to note a corresponding lack of suitable warnings in some of the 'triptan' product information for healthcare professionals - a factor which must be considered in the over-prescribing of these products in the first place.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Pharmacist, The Royal Melbourne Hospital Melbourne
Neurologist, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, New South Wales