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What is the treatment for a thunderclap headache?

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Drugs called analgesics may help relieve the pain of a thunderclap headache.

To figure out what’s causing your thunderclap headaches, the doctor may ask for a CT scan or an MRI of your brain. Your doctor may also give you a test called a spinal tap to examine your spinal fluid.

Sometimes, drugs called calcium-channel blockers, which are used to treat high blood pressure, can help prevent these headaches.

From: Thunderclap Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

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MayoClinic.org: "Thunderclap Headaches."

National Headache Foundation: "Case Studies in Headaches: Thunderclap Headaches."

International Headache Society

Cheng, Y. , published online March 2014. Journal of Headache and Pain

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org: "Thunderclap Headaches."

National Headache Foundation: "Case Studies in Headaches: Thunderclap Headaches."

International Headache Society

Cheng, Y. , published online March 2014. Journal of Headache and Pain

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

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