Acute Treatments Cluster Headache
Breathing in pure oxygen (100%) at a rate of between 10 to 15 litres per minute is relatively fast at providing pain relief in most sufferers. It should be inhaled continuously for 15 – 20 minutes using a non-re-breathing mask (the one without the holes)
This news report highlights the effectiveness and nature of oxygen therapy.
- Sumatriptan injections have been found to reduce the pain within 10 minutes during an attack. In general tablets are less effective if you have cluster headache because of the time they take to work.
- Sumatriptan and zolmitriptan nasal sprays do help some people although the onset of action may be slower than the injection
The ‘gammaCore’ device is a non-invasive hand held device that produces a mild electrical signal that is transmitted to the vagus nerve through the skin. It’s not certain how it works on prevention of Cluster Headache but it is thought that it works on reducing the amount of ‘glutamate’ that is released in the body.