Headache Society Issues New Guidelines, More

December 13, 2013 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


The American Headache Society issued new guidance discouraging providers from routinely ordering brain scans for patients with stable headaches meeting the criteria for migraines. Additionally, the group discourages the long-term or frequent use of over-the-counter pain medicine for headaches and urges providers to avoid prescribing opioid painkillers and drugs containing the barbiturate butalbital for patients who get headaches often because of serious long-term risks.

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