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Medications for Cluster Headaches

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Oxygen - justifying High Flow Rates

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Almotriptan One of the newest of the triptan family
Baclofen  Use of Baclofen (a muscle relaxant) in cluster headache.
Botulinum toxin (Botox®) Ten chronic cluster headache patients received botulinum toxin for refractory clusters.
Cannabinoid Research Studies on the cannabinoid receptors and the effects of Anandamide on vasodilation and neuronal activation.
Capsaicin  The use of intranasal capsaicin for cluster headache.
Civamide Intranasal civamide for the treatment of cluster headaches.
Clomiphene Citrate Clomiphene Citrate for Treatment Refractory Chronic Cluster Headache.
Dihydroergotamine (DHE) The treatment of cluster headache with repetitive intravenous dihydroergotamine.
Eletriptan Eletriptan in Treating Cluster Headache
Frovatriptan Frovatriptan in Treating Cluster Headache
Gabapentin (Neurontin®) Gabapentin for the treatment and prophylaxis of cluster headache.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Using hyperbaric oxygen in treating cluster headaches.
Imitrex® Treatment of cluster headache with Imitrex® injection / Using reopened or repackaged Imitrex / Using Imitrex doses less than 6mg
Indocin® Dose, efficacy and tolerability of long-term indomethacin treatment of chronic paroxysmal hemicrania and hemicrania continua.
Lidocaine  Used to treat migraine but may be effective for CH also.
Lithium Therapeutic management of cluster headache with lithium carbonate.
Melatonin Abnormal 24-hour urinary excretory pattern of 6-sulphatoxymelatonin in both phases of cluster headache / Melatonin-responsive headache in delayed sleep phase syndrome: preliminary observations.
Methylphenidate (Ritalin®) Cluster Headache Management With Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
Narcotics Narcotics not usually effective for CH.
Naratriptan (Amerge®) Naratriptan in treating Cluster Headaches
Subcutaneous Octreotide Subcutaneous octreotide in cluster headache: randomized placebo-controlled double-blind crossover study.
Olanzapine (Zyprexa®) Olanzapine as an Abortive Agent for Cluster Headache.  Olanzapine may be useful as an abortive for cluster headache patients who cannot use triptans such as those with heart problems.
Oxygen Using Oxygen in the treatment of cluster headaches.
Oxygen: Justifying High Flow Rates An article in the Michigan Head-Pain & Neurological Institute newsletter "Headliner, 2004, Issue 33, by Dr. Todd Rozen on the use of high flow rates in aborting Cluster Headaches.
Preventatives Preventative medications for CH.
Psilocybin and LSD Psilocybin and LSD in the treatment of cluster headache.
Rebound Headaches Medication Overuse (Rebound) Headache
Steroids Using Steroids to Treat Cluster Headache
Testosterone Use of testosterone in the treatment of cluster headache.
Topiramate Topiramate as a preventative for chronic and episodic cluster headache.
Tricyclic Antidepressants  An overview of tricyclics
Triptans 2 articles dealing with triptans, usage, side effects, etc. They are written in terms of migraines but are applicable to CH also.
Verapamil  Prophylactic treatment of cluster headache with verapamil.
Warfarin Warfarin as a preventative for CH
Zolmitriptan (Zomig®) Zolmitriptan Nasal Spray may be effective in aborting cluster headache
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