12/10/07 #7 - Advances in cluster headache treatment?

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    I have been suffering from cluster headaches for over thirty years. I am male, now in my mid forties. I have been happily in remission for three years and am petrified at the prospect of the certain return of a cluster phase. In my case, the usual frequency is one or two a day for one to two hours of absolute debilitating pain. The clusters generally last for three to five weeks. During my last phase I found Imitrex nasal spray to be effective, but I am nonetheless afraid. Are there any breakthroughs in this area. Thank You, LK.





    Dear LK;


    Treatment of cluster headache becomes easier as the years pass. I'd suggest subcutaneous Imitrex injections as more effective than nasal spray. Also Topamax has an ability to short-circuit cluster as do other medicines in that category.

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Published On: December 10, 2007