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How is caffeine related to a rebound headache?

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Caffeine is also a factor in what’s known as a medication overuse, or rebound headache. This can happen when you take too much of any kind of pain reliever or take it too often. When the medicine wears off, the pain comes back worse than before. When you combine caffeine with pain relievers this condition is more likely. This type of headache is rare and can be avoided by following instructions on the medication's label.

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American Migraine Foundation

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American Headache Society: “Caffeine and Migraine.”

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 23, 2017

SOURCES:

American Migraine Foundation

Migliardi, J. November 1994. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics,

Lipton, R. February 1998. Archives of Neurology,

National Headache Foundation: “Caffeine: A Little Bit Goes a Long Way.”

Ward, N. February 1991. Pain,

American Headache Society: “Caffeine and Migraine.”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: “Headache: Hope Through Research.”

Diamond, S. 2001. Current Pain and Headache Reports,

Diener, H. 2011. Current Treatment Options in Neurology,

Silverman, K. October 1992. New England Journal of Medicine,

Addicott, M. October 2009. Human Brain Mapping,

Cleveland Clinic: “Rebound Headaches.”

Cupini, L. J 2005. ournal of Headache and Pain,

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Behavioral Biology Research Center: "Caffeine Dependence."

UpToDate: "Patient information: Headache treatment in adults (Beyond the Basics),” “Pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnosis of migraine in adults.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 23, 2017

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