Nice: One in 50 headaches exacerbated by painkiller overuse

  • More than 10 million people in the UK experience regular or frequent headaches.
  • An estimated one in 50 people who experience headaches suffer because of medication overuse.
  • One in 25 GP consultations relate to headaches.

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Painkillers can cause headaches

People who regularly take painkillers to treat persistent headaches could be causing themselves more pain than relief, the health watchdog has warned.