Codeine and headache: 'Doctor, I just need a script for my headaches'

Shuli Cheng, Elspeth Hutton

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Harms associated with codeine-based treatments for headache include medication overuse headache and accidental overdose. Suggested management of patients with headache and codeine dependence includes education about harms of codeine, codeine withdrawal with bridging therapy if required, preventive medications and acute treatment for the primary headache disorder, and advice on lifestyle measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-20
Number of pages5
JournalMedicine Today
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018

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