Can daily tramadol for fibromyalgia cause medication overuse headache?

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    There has been a lot of news lately about medication overuse headaches (MOH) that may be linked to those of us who have chronic headaches each month.  Do you think taking a 50mg tablet of Tramadol daily (for fibromyalgia) could be enough to cause MOH? Peggy.

     

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    Dear Peggy;

     

    Some patients can take tramadol daily without getting into a medication overuse headache. For others, that 50mg a day could cause MOH. If the tramadol IS causing you MOH, it should be relieved when you take the tramadol.

     

    This is a rock-and-a-hard-place problem for people who have both headache and pain issues. Sadly, there's no good solution for it.

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Published On: August 18, 2010