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How are corticosteroids (steroids) used to prevent cluster headaches?

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Doctors also call these meds, which include prednisone (Rayos, Sterapred), “glucocorticoids.” They work faster than some other preventive options. These drugs may help if your headaches usually crop up during a period of less than three weeks. They come as pills, a shot, or through an IV. Your doctor will probably give them to you for a short while. If you take them for too long, they can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and other side effects.

From: Cluster Headache Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Cluster Headaches."

Ashkenazi, A. , February 2011. Headache

UpToDate: "Cluster headache: Treatment and prognosis."

MedlinePlus: "Verapamil."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Cluster Headaches."

Ashkenazi, A. , February 2011. Headache

UpToDate: "Cluster headache: Treatment and prognosis."

MedlinePlus: "Verapamil."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

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