Painkillers 'are the cause' of millions of headaches

Help

Up to a million people in the UK have "completely preventable" severe headaches caused by taking too many painkillers, doctors have said.

The warning came as part of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) first guidelines for treating headaches.

Dr Brian Hope says anyone taking painkillers for more than 15 days during a month were likely to suffer from analgesia-induced headaches.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.