The Migraine Association of Ireland rolled out a national pharmacy campaign to highlight the rising incidence of Medication Overuse Headache amongst migraine sufferers, before the start of this year’s Migraine Awareness Week in September.
With the support of Novartis, the Association produced 500 free information packs for pharmacists including posters and information leaflets as part of the campaign. It also issued the message ‘A Headache a Day is no OK’ and encouraged people to talk to their local pharmacist if they felt they were at risk of Medication Overuse Headache.
Medication Overuse Headache (MOH) occurs in people with migraine if they’re taking pain medications more than two to three days per week. Instead of treating the pain, this causes more headaches. The World Health Organisation currently classifies migraine and MOH combined as the second cause of disability in Ireland.
The Migraine Association has revealed that half the number of migraine sufferers have not consulted a GP for an official diagnosis of migraine, and claims that as a result many may self-medicate with over-the-counter (OTC) medications.