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Headache Drugs Can Actually Give You a Headache

Add medication overuse headache (MOH) to the list of side effects common with the overuse of prescription and over-the-counter painkillers, based on a review of 1,200 patients treated at one headache center. The primary contributors: Triptans (a class of drugs for treating migraines) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Over the course of the 15-year study, unfortunately, the percentage of patients afflicted with this problem has been frighteningly stable, ranging from 59 percent last year to 64 percent in 1990.

A relatively new class of drugs, triptans increased the incidence of MOH by 22 percent, while taking simple analgesics quadrupled the rate of headaches over 15 years to 32 percent.

The numbers don't surprise me at all, considering all the problems associated with aspirin, a "trusted" painkiller that probably would've never have been approved by the FDA had it been launched today.

A natural, safer treatment for headaches: Following the nutritional plan outlined in my Total Health Program.

Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, Vol. 46, No. 5, May 2006: 766-772

Yahoo News June 21, 2006

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