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Cluster Headaches

What Medicines Stop a Cluster Headache Emergency?

A person suffering a cluster headache emergency needs something that will work right away. Inhaling oxygen can help. One reader found Zomig worked.

Jennifer S. Kriegler, Director of Headache Medicine Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic
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Show 1133: How Can You Overcome Migraine Headaches?

The FDA recently approved a new medication, erenumab (Aimovig), to prevent migraine headaches in people who experience them frequently. Treatments and lifestyle changes can also make a difference.

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Cluster Headaches

Will Ice Stop a Killer Headache?

Can wrapping the head in ice put a halt to severe head pain? One reader says yes; others try causing brain freeze by drinking ice water.

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How to Stop Cluster Headaches by Inhaling Lidocaine

Inhaling pure oxygen or lidocaine nasal spray at the first hint of one-sided headache pain can often stop cluster headaches.

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Medicare’s Refusal to Pay for Oxygen Makes Man Suffer

Oxygen inhalation is an effective treatment for debilitating cluster headaches. Why does Medicare decline to pay for oxygen?

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How to Treat Suicide Headaches with Oxygen

Cluster headaches, also known as suicide headaches, can be very difficult to treat. Most respond well to high-flow oxygen through a mask.

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Cluster Headaches

Suicide Headaches Stifled by Oxygen

Breathing high-flow oxygen can stop suicide headaches more quickly than medicine. There are even studies to support this treatment.