Medication Overuse Leads to Rebound Migraines

Rebound Migraine Headaches: Person taking medication

Most migraine sufferers experience attacks once or twice a month, but for about 14 million Americans, episodic migraine (a few attacks a month) may transform into chronic rebound migraine (more than 15 days per month with headache). Some patients may transform in a chronic, daily headache, with attacks on a  daily basis. 

Chronic suffers are often significantly disabled, and their overall quality of life is greatly diminished because of associated depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.  Although many factors contribute to the transformation from episodic migraine to chronic rebound migraine, overuse of abortive medication is the most common.

Rebound Migraine Headaches

Both over-the-counter and prescription drugs can result in overuse headaches, also known as "rebound headaches". Migraine sufferers who use pain relievers, triptans, or opioids more that 2-3 days per week, week after week, and month after month to handle migraine symptoms are at risk of rebound headaches.  Medication overuse can result in a pattern of more headaches and the need to take more and more medications. 

Not only is the pattern itself harmful, but while in this cycle, otherwise effective treatments may lose their effectiveness.  The only way out of this cycle is to stop the pattern of overuse and prescribe prophylactic therapies – therapies that prevent headaches.

Natural Relief from Rebound Migraines

Sufferers of rebound migraines should seek help from their physician. Wearing Axon Optic's therapeutic glasses may be useful in combating migraine symptoms and good for the treatment of rebound migraines, especially if the sufferer is sensitive to light during migraine or if light triggers their migraine attacks.

 

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