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Human Studies


2019 Sep/Oct

J Addict Med



Severity of Analgesic Dependence and Medication-overuse Headache.


Lundqvist C, Gossop M, Russell M B, Straand J, Kristoffersen E S
J Addict Med. 2019 Sep/Oct; 13(5):346-353.
PMID: 30724760.


Medication-overuse headache (MOH) is a common chronic headache caused by overuse of headache analgesics. It has similarities with substance dependence disorders. The treatment of choice for MOH is withdrawal of the offending analgesics. Behavioral brief intervention treatment using methods adapted from substance misuse settings is effective. Here we investigate the severity of analgesics dependence in MOH using the Severity of Dependence Scale (SDS), validate the SDS score against formal substance dependence diagnosis based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition (DSM-IV) and examine whether the SDS predicts successful withdrawal.