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Drug Rebound Headache Common in Youths

Monday, 03 November 2008 15:15
Many parents don't think twice about giving their youngsters over-the-counter pain medications. However, new research supports what doctors of chiropractic have long suspected: pain medication often does more harm then good.

The study looked at 26 adolescents in Israel with chronic headache. Those who reported headaches 25 days out of each month also reported taking aspirin, acetaminophen or codeine on a daily or near-daily basis (average of 28 pills each week). When these youths discontinued taking medication, their headache frequency dropped to fewer than 3 days per month.

Hering-Hanit R, Cohen A, Horev Z.  Successful withdrawal from analgesic abuse in a group of youngsters with chronic daily headache   J Child Neurol 2001 (Jun);   16 (6):   448-449