Codeine Self-medication in a Headache Patient
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2002
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 36, Issue 7, pages 452–455, August 1996
How to Cite
Eng, E. L. and Lachenmeyer, J. (1996), Codeine Self-medication in a Headache Patient. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 36: 452–455. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1996.3607452.x
- Issue published online: 26 JUN 2002
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2002
- Accepted for publication March 1, 1996.
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Self-medicating behavior for the treatment of headaches is a widespread phenomenon with costly and hazardous consequences. The case presented illustrates the ramifications of such behavior and suggests an integrated approach to the management of headaches. Biological mechanisms for the aggravation of headaches by self-medication are discussed and integrated with psychological observations. The existing epidemiologic studies of self-medication are reviewed and reveal a need for further studies, particularly in the United States.