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CBT in Patients With Medication Overuse Headache

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2012 by Far Eastern Memorial Hospital.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Identifier:
First received: August 15, 2012
Last updated: December 20, 2012
Last verified: November 2012

According to the definition from International Headache Society, medication overuse headache (MOH) is diagnosed when patients takes painkillers for more than 10 or 15 days per month (depending on what kind of painkillers being used), for more than 3 months, which results in the deterioration of headache. The treatments of MOH include preventive medication of headache and withdrawal of the overused painkillers. Other than the simple oral advice, some researchers recommended non-pharmacological methods. Pryse-Phillips et al. (1998) reviewed the the treatment of migraine and suggested that biofeedback, relaxation, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), psychological therapy, hypnosis and physical treatment are effective. Researches also point out CBT is effective on withdrawing medication in patients with MOH (Kroner-Herwig, 2009). Lake (2006) reported that behavioural therapy maybe an adjunct therapy to preventive medication to reduce the relapse rate of medication overuse.

The purpose of this study is to confirm the effect of CBT in patients with MOH. The target is to reduce the frequency of headache and use of painkillers. Patients could benefit from the education and relaxation training during CBT to cope with headache and reduce the use of painkillers.

The research will recruit 60 patients with MOH at Neurology Clinics, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital. They will be separated into two groups, 30 in control group and the other 30 in the experimental group. Education of MOH, relaxation and cognitive restructuring would be included in the four weeks training program. The training program is under the supervision of a neurologist from Far Eastern Memorial Hospital and a psychology professor from Fu Jen Catholic University. The control group will accept four weeks telephone interview to confirm their headache diary including the frequency of headache and use of painkillers. The frequency of headache and medication use will be used for analyzing the effect of CBT.

Condition Intervention Phase
Medication Overuse Headache
Behavioral: Cognitive behavior therapy
Early Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Patients With Medication Overuse

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Further study details as provided by Far Eastern Memorial Hospital:

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: July 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: CBT treatment Behavioral: Cognitive behavior therapy
Behavior therapy, including Relaxation, cognitive rebuilding.


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of Medication overuse headache

Exclusion Criteria:

  • other type headache
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01754571

Contact: Tzu-Hsien Lai, Doctor 88677380015

Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Recruiting
New Taipei City, Taiwan, 220
Contact: Tzu-Hsien Lai, Doctor    886277380015   
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Far Eastern Memorial Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: Far Eastern Memorial Hospital Identifier: NCT01754571     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 101041-E
Study First Received: August 15, 2012
Last Updated: December 20, 2012

Keywords provided by Far Eastern Memorial Hospital:
medication overuse headache

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Headache Disorders, Secondary
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017