Risk factors for developing rebound headaches include:

  • History of chronic headaches. Anyone who has a history of migraines, in particular, but also tension-type headaches or other chronic headaches is at risk of developing rebound headaches from the overuse of pain relievers.
  • Frequent use of headache medications. Your risk increases if you use combination analgesics, ergotamine or triptans 10 or more days a month or simple analgesics more than 15 days a month — especially if this regular use continues for three or more months.

People who don't have frequent headaches but use pain medications daily to treat other conditions such as arthritis typically don't have rebound headaches.

Dec. 09, 2011

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