8.2.2 Triptan-overuse headache

Diagnostic criteria:
A. Headache fulfilling criteria for 8.2 Medication-overuse headache
B. Regular intake of one or more triptans1, in any formulation, on ≥10 days per month for >3 months.

1. The triptan(s) will usually be specified in parenthesis.

Triptan overuse may increase migraine frequency to that of 1.3 Chronic migraine. Evidence suggests that this occurs sooner with triptan overuse than with ergotamine overuse.

A patient who fulfils the criteria for 8.2.2 Triptan-overuse headache and has regularly used or overused other drug(s) for the acute or symptomatic treatment of headache for more than three months should be given all other applicable codes.