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What medicine should you take to prevent cluster headaches?

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You should take preventive medicine, unless your headache periods last less than two weeks. Your doctor can prescribe medication to shorten the length of the cluster as well as lessen the severity of your attacks, including:

  • Corticosteriod, like prednisone for a short time
  • Divalproex sodium (Depakote)
  • Ergotamine tartrate (Cafergot, Ergomar)
  • Gabapentin (Gralise, Neurontin)
  • Lithium carbonate
  • Topiramate (Quidexy XR, Topomax, Trokendi XR)
  • Verapamil (Calan, Covera, Galcanezumab, Verelan)

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Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 16, 2020

SOURCE: 

Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 16, 2020

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