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  • D
    Gaist, I Tsiropoulos, SH Sindrup et al [Odense Univ,
    Denmark]

    Inappropriate Use of
    Sumatriptan :
    Population Based Register and Interview
    Study


    BMJ
    316-1352-1353, 1998

      

    Sumatriptan
    succinate is a commonly prescribed headache drug in
    Denmark. The appropriateness of the use of this drug
    was assessed in a population-based interview study.

      

    The
    standard antimigraine drugs when taken in excessive
    amounts, are now known to either cause or sustain
    headache. Quite a few patients overuse sumatriptan and
    may in future, overuse the newer triptans as well.

       

    The
    study points out that, many overusers were using the
    medication for inappropriate types of headaches,
    namely tension-type and drug-induced headaches.

       

    Physicians
    must understand both the precise indications for the
    use of triptans and the danger of prescribing
    immoderate amounts. The quantity and frequency of use
    of these medications must be plainly specified to.

        

 



 

 

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  • D Gaist, I Tsiropoulos, SH Sindrup et al [Odense Univ, Denmark]
    Inappropriate Use of Sumatriptan : Population Based Register and Interview Study
    BMJ 316-1352-1353, 1998
      
    Sumatriptan succinate is a commonly prescribed headache drug in Denmark. The appropriateness of the use of this drug was assessed in a population-based interview study.
      
    The standard antimigraine drugs when taken in excessive amounts, are now known to either cause or sustain headache. Quite a few patients overuse sumatriptan and may in future, overuse the newer triptans as well.
       
    The study points out that, many overusers were using the medication for inappropriate types of headaches, namely tension-type and drug-induced headaches.
       
    Physicians must understand both the precise indications for the use of triptans and the danger of prescribing immoderate amounts. The quantity and frequency of use of these medications must be plainly specified to.
        

 

 

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