Answers to Common Headache Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about headaches.

How are cluster headaches treated?

Dr. Richard Kim discusses treatments for cluster headaches. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How are cluster headaches treated?

Cluster headaches are treated in a multi-pronged approach. One, we give medications to try to stop the cluster headaches when the patient has them. And these include medications like triptans, which are similarly used in migraine. Then we do a mini-preventative, or short-term prophylaxis treatment, and this is to try to give some quicker, short-term relief, than trying to decrease the number of the headaches. And then we use a long-term medication to give a more long-term prevention of the headaches.

   

Cluster headaches are treated in a multi-pronged approach. We give medicines to try to stop the cluster headaches when the patient has them. These include triptans, which are also used for migraine. Then we do a mini-preventive, or short-term treatment, usually lasting several days or a few weeks. This can give quick, short-term relief. We use different medicines to provide long-term prevention of the headaches.

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Source: Richard Kim, MD, The Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Aaron Block, MD, Franklin Family Practice

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