23. Treatment of Medication Overuse Headache

  1. Nils Erik Gilhus MD, PHD3,4,
  2. Michael P. Barnes MD, FRCP5,6 and
  3. Michael Brainin MD7,8,9
  1. S. Evers1 and
  2. R. Jensen2

Published Online: 21 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444346268.ch23

European Handbook of Neurological Management, Volume 2, Second Edition

European Handbook of Neurological Management, Volume 2, Second Edition

How to Cite

Evers, S. and Jensen, R. (2011) Treatment of Medication Overuse Headache, in European Handbook of Neurological Management, Volume 2, Second Edition (eds N. E. Gilhus, M. P. Barnes and M. Brainin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444346268.ch23

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Bergen, Norway

  2. 4

    Department of Neurology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway

  3. 5

    University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

  4. 6

    Hunters Moor Neurorehabilitation Ltd, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

  5. 7

    Department of Clinical Medicine and Prevention, Austria

  6. 8

    Center for Clinical Neurosciences, Donau-Universität Krems, Austria

  7. 9

    Department of Neurology, Landesklinikum Donauregion Tulln, Tulln, Austria

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Münster, Münster, Germany

  2. 2

    Glostrup Hospital, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 SEP 2011
  2. Published Print: 30 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405185349

Online ISBN: 9781444346268



  • treatment of medication overuse headache (MOH);
  • guideline, and recommendations-MOH, classified by International Headache Society (IHS);
  • specific management of MOH-treatment of withdrawal headache;
  • current diagnostic criteria-of International Headache Society, for MOH;
  • acute drugs, for headache treatment-as causing MOH;
  • withdrawal treatment-the best treatment for MOH;
  • withdrawal procedure-procedures for withdrawal of patients with MOH, varying;
  • children, also benefiting-from withdrawal therapy;
  • prognosis of withdrawal therapy;
  • specific pattern, in children and adolescents-MOH, in children and adolescents


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Objectives

  • Background

  • Search strategy

  • Clinical aspects

  • Withdrawal treatment

  • Specific pattern in children and adolescents

  • Conclusion

  • References