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What is the best way to get rid of a cluster headache?

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In brief: Nasty and painful

The upside of a cluster headache is a duration of about 30-90 minutes.
It may respond to inhalation of 100% oxygen over 5 or so minutes. Usually a pain med doesn't get absorbed fast enough. Perhaps the best approach is to prevent the ha, and meds such as topirimate, valproex, naproxen, or butterbur work quite nicely.

In brief: Nasty and painful

The upside of a cluster headache is a duration of about 30-90 minutes.
It may respond to inhalation of 100% oxygen over 5 or so minutes. Usually a pain med doesn't get absorbed fast enough. Perhaps the best approach is to prevent the ha, and meds such as topirimate, valproex, naproxen, or butterbur work quite nicely.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sumatriptan

Two strategies are employed: treatment for the actual headache once it comes, prevention of additional headaches once a cluster has begun.
Treatment may require subcutaneous injection of sumatriptan (brand name imitrex), 100% inhaled o2, intra-nasal lidocaine. Prevention varies between patients but may utilize steroids, lithium, verapamil, topiramate. Work with a doc experienced with this disease.

In brief: Sumatriptan

Two strategies are employed: treatment for the actual headache once it comes, prevention of additional headaches once a cluster has begun.
Treatment may require subcutaneous injection of sumatriptan (brand name imitrex), 100% inhaled o2, intra-nasal lidocaine. Prevention varies between patients but may utilize steroids, lithium, verapamil, topiramate. Work with a doc experienced with this disease.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: As a doc who gets..

Cluster headaches, a pulse taper of Prednisone seems to block the cluster pain.
Oxygen, lithium and a couple of other meds did nothing.

In brief: As a doc who gets..

Cluster headaches, a pulse taper of Prednisone seems to block the cluster pain.
Oxygen, lithium and a couple of other meds did nothing.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Dr. Larry Lutwick
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