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NICE and headaches due to analgesic over-use

I was interested to hear today that NICE has now told doctors and patients that taking too many analgesics can cause headaches. This has been known for over 20 years; I was first made aware of it when I attended a symoposium on headache at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases some time in the 1990s. Since then I have seen a number of patients whose life was transformed by telling them to stop taking the tablets, 'Cold turkey' seems to work best; I warned them they would have six weeks of hell, after which their headaches would largely disappear. I have always mentioned it while teaching acupuncture to health professionals.

It seems odd that it has taken so long for NICE to come out with this 'discovery'.


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