Use of High Sumatriptan Dosages During Episodic Cluster Headache: Three Clinical Cases
Version of Record online: 26 JUN 2002
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 36, Issue 6, pages 389–391, June 1996
How to Cite
Centonze, V., Polito, B.M., Attolini, E., Cassiano, M.A., Sabbà, C., Ricchetti, G., Bassi, A., Cavazzuti, L. and Albano, O. (1996), Use of High Sumatriptan Dosages During Episodic Cluster Headache: Three Clinical Cases. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 36: 389–391. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1996.3606389.x
- Issue online: 26 JUN 2002
- Version of Record online: 26 JUN 2002
- Accepted for publication January 26, 1996.
- Cited By
- episodic cluster headache;
- side effects
The authors describe three patients with episodic cluster headache whose attacks were all treated with subcutaneous sumatriptan.
The patients described had a high frequency of attacks (more than two per day); therefore, far higher dosage of the drug was taken than commonly used in cluster headache. The patients did not experience any particular side effects, neither during the treatment period nor on abrupt withdrawal of the drug. Moreover, neither tachyphylaxis nor addiction were observed.
The authors point out both the efficacy of sumatriptan, confirmed in all the treated attacks, and its safety even at higher dosages than recommended.