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Prednisone Therapy for Cluster Headache
Article first published online: 23 JUN 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 219–221, September 1978
How to Cite
Couch, J. R. and Ziegler, D. K. (1978), Prednisone Therapy for Cluster Headache. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 18: 219–221. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1978.hed1804219.x
- Issue published online: 23 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 23 JUN 2005
- Accepted for Publication: June 7, 1978
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Prednisone in peak doses of 10-80 mg/day was employed for therapy in 19 patients with cluster headache. Overall, 14 of the 19 patients (73%) had greater than 50% relief and 11 (58%) had 100% relief from headache. The remaining 5 patients had less than 50% improvement. Of the subjects who were greater than 50% improved, 12 received peak doses of prednisone of 40 mg. or more, one received 30 mg. and one received 10 mg. The subjects with less than 50% improvement received peak prednisone doses of 10, 30, 40, 60 and 80 mg. Recurrence of cluster headache was noted in 79% of patients when the prednisone dose was tapered below 10–20 mg./d. Prednisone appears effective in relief of cluster headache but recurrence can be expected as the dose is reduced.