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When should I start treating my cluster headache?

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Take action at the first sign of head pain. Oxygen and prescription drugs that doctors call “triptans” are the two most common treatments for clusters that have already started.

If your doctor prescribes oxygen, you'll breathe through a mask connected to an oxygen tank for 15-20 minutes. It’s a safe, effective way to ease this type of pain.

From: Cluster Headache Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Headache Foundation: "Cluster Headaches."

Ashkenazi, A. , February 2011. Headache

UpToDate: "Cluster headache: Treatment and prognosis."

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."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 28, 2018

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