How long to detox from Medication Overuse Headache?
November 15, 2006 5:20 AM Subscribe
Detoxification for Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) from OTC medications - how long?
posted by egk to Health & Fitness (5 answers total)
Background - I posted a question earlier this year about headaches. I am still using the Heal your Headache book and overall my headaches are milder, but still daily. I will have insurance and a neurologist appointment in January.
I am on week 5 of a "drug holiday" - no analgesics of any kind. I was only taking OTC NSAIDs such as tylenol, ibuprofen and naproxen.
How long do I need to do this?
This idea is that OTC meds can cause MOH and taking a break is the only way to find out if you have MOH or perhaps chronic daily headache.
I'm doing ok; I think it has helped. I can probably do 2 more weeks pretty easily, but the menstrual cycle headache is a bear.
If I need to continue into week 9, I need to reschedule some commitments so I can stay home and wrestle the bear! Thank you.