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CONy 2024 | Medication overuse headache: current strategies and unmet needs

Morris Levin, MD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, introduces the concept of medication overuse headache (MOH), a condition in which patients with chronic headache, especially migraine, who overuse acute medications get an increased frequency and severity of headaches, negatively impacting their quality of life. Despite some well-conducted studies, the data on the management of MOH is scarce, and experts do not yet agree on how best to approach detoxification and prevention. Prof. Levin suggests that this is likely due to the occurrence of different types of MOH based on which acute medication is being overused and due to a person-dependent response to the medication. Prof. Levin emphasizes that treatment options for MOH will improve over the coming years as the causes of the condition are better understood. This interview took place at the 18th Annual Congress on Controversies in Neurology (CONy 2024) in London, UK.

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