Treatment of cluster headache in pregnancy and lactation

Anne H. Calhoun, B. Lee Peterlin

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Cluster headache (CH) is a neurovascular headache syndrome characterized by headache attacks that occur with a circadian and circannual periodicity. The calculated prevalence of CH in reproductive-aged women is 7.5 of 100,000 women. Although data suggest that CH during pregnancy is a relatively rare condition, when it does occur, attacks remain unchanged in character and severity in the majority of patients. Thus, treatment of CH in pregnant and lactating women may remain a significant therapeutic challenge. This manuscript briefly reviews the epidemiology of CH in women, and then focuses on treatment options for both acute and preventative management of CH in pregnant and lactating women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-173
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent pain and headache reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cluster headache
  • Cluster headache treatment
  • Lactation
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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