Logan CJ, Stewart JT
Journal of ECT, 2012
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.
Logan CJ, Stewart JT. Treatment of post-electroconvulsive therapy headache with topical methyl salicylate. J ECT. 2012;28(2):e17-18.