When the cure becomes worse than the cause, it’s MOH. See what you know about these hard-to-treat headaches.
4. Depression and anxiety are more likely to be present in patients with MOH than in those with migraines. True or false?
8. What is the most appropriate guidance for patients who experience medication withdrawal during MOH treatment?
9. Only about 3% to 5% of patients receiving appropriate treatment for MOH suffer relapse of the condition.
Source: Alstadhaug KB, Offe HK, Kristoffersen ES. Preventing and treating medication overuse headache.PAIN: Clinical Updates. 2017;25:e612.
As the name implies, medication overuse headaches occur as a result of treatments meant to alleviate the original pain. Criteria for diagnosis are based on expert consensus rather than on formal evidence. Understanding of MOH continues to change as more rigorous scientific methods are applied; see what you know about etiology and treatment as the research now stands with this short test.