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J ECT. 2012 Jun;28(2):e17-8. doi: 10.1097/YCT.0b013e318245c640.

Treatment of post-electroconvulsive therapy headache with topical methyl salicylate.

Abstract

Headache after administration of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is common, affecting approximately half of patients treated. Post-ECT headache is typically treated with acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs but occasionally requires agents such as sumatriptan, opioids, or β-blockers. We report on a patient whose severe post-ECT headaches responded completely to methyl salicylate ointment, applied to the area of his temporalis and masseter muscles. Topical methyl salicylate is generally well tolerated and may be a viable option for some patients with post-ECT headache.

PMID:
22622298
DOI:
10.1097/YCT.0b013e318245c640
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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