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What pain relievers can treat my cluster headache?

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Simple pain relievers do little for these, because they don’t work fast enough. But doctors have found that inhaling high doses of pure oxygen can bring relief. Pain medicine such as lidocaine that goes inside the nose helps some people. Triptans such as almotriptan (Axert), eletriptan (Relpax), frovatriptan (Frova), naratriptan (Amerge)

Rizatriptan (Maxalt), sumatriptan (Alsuma, Imitrex, Onzetra Xsail, Sumavel DosePro, Zembrace SymTouch), zolmitriptan (Zomig), given as shots, also might help if you take them at the first sign of a cluster headache. Preventive medicines often work when you take them at the first sign of a new cluster of headaches. Choices include the blood pressure medicine verapamil (Calan, Covera HS and Verelan) or a short course of a steroid like prednisone.

SOURCES:

Buchholz, D. Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain, Workman Publishing Company, 2002.

Livingstone, I. Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches, Novak Owl Books, 2004.

Smith T. Drugs, 2004.

Young, W. Migraine and other Headaches, Demos Medical Publishing, 2004.

Cady R. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, July 2005.

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

International Headache Society.

American College of Rheumatology: "NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 12, 2020

SOURCES:

Buchholz, D. Heal Your Headache: The 1-2-3 Program for Taking Charge of Your Pain, Workman Publishing Company, 2002.

Livingstone, I. Breaking the Headache Cycle: A Proven Program for Treating and Preventing Recurring Headaches, Novak Owl Books, 2004.

Smith T. Drugs, 2004.

Young, W. Migraine and other Headaches, Demos Medical Publishing, 2004.

Cady R. Mayo Clinic Proceedings, July 2005.

News release, NuPathe Inc.

News release, FDA.

International Headache Society.

American College of Rheumatology: "NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 12, 2020

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