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Table 17 Non-pharmacological treatment of medication overuse headache

From: Reference programme: diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders and facial pain. Danish Headache Society, 3rd edition, 2020

Elements of treatment
• Complete stop of all kinds of short-term medication, including analgesics and acute migraine medication for 2 months. Alternatively, reduced intake of short-term medication to maximum 2 days a week, but this approach works less effectively.
• Detailed information to patients, relatives and health care professionals.
• Support, information and treatment of withdrawal symptoms.
• In-patient care at a neurology department when substantial co-morbidities or high risk of severe withdrawal symptoms.
• Recommendation of 2–3 weeks of sick leave.
• Close follow-up during the first year after withdrawal.