How do you relieve cluster headaches?
Briefly inhaling pure oxygen through a mask provides dramatic relief for most who use it.
The injectable form of sumatriptan (Imitrex), which is commonly used to treat migraine, is also an effective treatment for acute cluster headache.
What is the best over the counter medicine for cluster headaches?
Over-the-counter pain medicines, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen, usually don’t relieve the severe pain of cluster headaches. Experts do not recommend opioid medicines, like oxycodone or hydrocodone, for treating cluster headaches.
What is the main cause of cluster headaches?
Researchers don’t know exactly what causes cluster headaches. They seem to be related to the sudden release of histamine or serotonin in the body. The following may trigger cluster headaches: Alcohol use or smoking cigarettes.
Do cluster headaches ever go away?
Cluster headaches may go away completely (this is called going into remission) for months or years, but they can come back without any warning.
Is caffeine good for cluster headaches?
While caffeine use and withdrawal are headache precipitators, caffeine can also be an effective headache treatment. The relationship between caffeine and headache is complex.
How do you break a cluster headache?
Corticosteroids are more effective for chronic cluster headache to break the cycle. If used for episodic cluster headache, when the medication is reduced the headaches come back. Ergotamine is infrequently prescribed. It can be helpful in reducing attacks at night if you take it at bedtime.