How do you treat cluster headaches without overusing medications for pain? Tink.
The best way to treat cluster headaches without the risk of overusing pain medications is to prevent the headaches. It can take time and patience to find what works for you, but there are many options. The same medications used to prevent Migraines can also be used for cluster headaches and other headache disorders. See Migraine preventive medications - too many options to give up!
While working on that preventive regimen, you may need to use abortives and/or pain meds often enough to be at risk for medication overuse headaches. Talk with your doctor about multiple types of meds that you can rotate. For example -- You might use Imitrex injections two days a week and a pain medication two different days that week. Also, ask your doctor about an oxygen tank. Many cluster sufferers find relief from oxygen.
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Published On: September 16, 2008