Cluster Headache Management With Methylphenidate (Ritalin)
Article first published online: 12 JUN 2003
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 38, Issue 9, pages 710–712, October 1998
How to Cite
Mellick, G. A. and Mellick, L. B. (1998), Cluster Headache Management With Methylphenidate (Ritalin). Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 38: 710–712. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1998.3809710.x
- Issue published online: 12 JUN 2003
- Article first published online: 12 JUN 2003
- Accepted for publication March 27, 1998.
- Cited By
- cluster headache;
- sympathetic dysfunction
The authors report rapid cluster headache relief in a 43-year-old man with a 5-year history of refractory cluster headache. The patient described complete headache relief within 10 minutes of taking 10 mg of methylphenidate (Ritalin) when used to abort the onset of his headaches. Subsequently, a scheduled Ritalin dose taken each morning was sufficient to prevent his nightly headaches. In addition, 1 week of prophylactic methylphenidate therapy halted the series of cluster headaches. This is the first reported case of relief of cluster headaches with methylphenidate.