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  1. Indomethacin users might be interested in this study that showed guarana to protect against lesions induced by Indomethacin. Guarana is a caffeine containing nut from South America and it is not hard to find. I would not be surprised if the caffeine actually made the Indomethacin more effective as well, but that's just a theory I have... https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14669256
  2. @Bejeeber Admittedly, there have been very few clusterheads that have tried nitrous as an abortive so as far as working for other people we really don't know yet. But it works damn well for me
  3. I'll admit, I have a bit of a fear that the attempt to increase trust on these drugs by not talking about and downplaying the risks could seriously backfire. It doesn't matter how great the meds are for some, if they produce enough life threatening reactions there will be a push to remove them like they removed the Fen-Phen drugs. When public perception of the drug goes from "barely any side effects" to "it might kill you and people have known this for years but we won't talk about it" it gets attention. If it happens too quickly it sets us up for a huge public backlash on these drugs
  4. Hi Spiny! Ben's specialty is pharmaceuticals and psychedelics, so anything in relation to that. Questions about which meds are okay with LSA containing seeds, MM and LSD would definitely qualify. Also things like the possibility of serotonin syndrome, what medications have the ability to "block" receptors, and questions about tryptamines in general would all qualify as well. I am not so sure how much he knows on herbalism and things like licorice but a good friend of mine teaches herbalism courses at UMASS so for that I am sure he can give us some good info on it. But I have to a
  5. Dr. Lawrence Robbins of the Robbins Headache clinic recently came out with an article on the CGRP mononclonal antibody drugs such as Emgality. He has been one of the biggest prescribers of these meds and to me, he seems like the most reputable, qualified doctor that we have in headache medicine right now. Technically the subject of his article was not the CGRP drugs, it was more about the system that we have in place to get accurate info to patients about medications. And he titled the article "The system is broken". And he used the CGRP meds like Emgality as an example of just how bro
  6. The times that sumatriptan pills work for cluster is when you are in cycle where you know that you are going to get hit at a certain time and can take it an hour beforehand. I have warded off more night time hits than I can count by taking a 100 mg sumatriptan pill before bed. -Ricardo
  7. @BejeeberI'm not so sure about triggering a cycle or not, but pretty much everything that dentistry has and does triggers a serious cluster for me. But something that might be looking into as an option is nitrous oxide. I have been getting nitrous at the dentist for the past 4 or 5 years and never once had a cluster break though. It has been successful enough as an abortive that I got a whipped cream maker so I could take nitrous at home and it has been unbelievably helpful. I know a couple times it has kept me out of the ER. -Brendan (AKA Ricardo )
  8. Bump @spiny@ThatHurtsMyHead @Bejeeber @Dallas Denny
  9. Hi Folks I've been talking with Ben Malcolm (https://www.spiritpharmacist.com/about-me) about doing a piece on cluster headache meds and interactions with psychedelics and it sounds like they are going to go for it. They were already planning on doing a piece on migraine meds but after hearing about the huge amount of evidence behind psychedelics for cluster headache he decided to make it a piece on cluster headache. One thing he could really use is a list of frequently asked questions so I am trying to help him out with that and I figured the best way to get a good list is to ask
  10. I agree. Lots of pain clinics will tell you that you "need" a certain number of days but this is definitely unproven. My bet is that it is different for everyone and that different people need different amounts. Some people seem to get by with just intranasal ketamine instead of infusions. -Ricardo
  11. My unpopular opinion is that videos like that are helpful for the general population to see and understand what we go through but I don't understand how it's going to help another clusterhead. We all know all too well what a cluster headache is like. I completely understand your feelings on this. -Ricardo
  12. If I take any amount of melatonin I wake up with a raging cluster. You're not alone. -Ricardo
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    Not that long ago Forbes posted an article about cannabis for migraine prevention. It got ignored by all the headache advocacy groups (for SOME reason that I will let you all figure out on your own) but I am posting it here because it did include some cluster sufferers. It was a small study but it found that half of the cluster sufferers had better luck using a THC/CBD combo than using verapamil. It was a whopper dose, from what I can tell it looks like 100 mg THC and 100 mg CBD combined. One interesting thing that was noted was that the cluster sufferers who got relief were the ones who
  14. Moxie girl is right, Indomethacin really messes up some peoples guts. Some people can avoid the problems by taking it with food but others have a problem with it no matter what. One thing that has been shown to help with the stomach problems that indomethacin can cause is guarana. This is a caffeine containing nut from South America and is easy to find online. The caffeine might even make the Indomethacin work better. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14669256 -Ricardo
  15. This is something I've heard people say as a suspicion but I've never been able to find any study investigating it. Do you have any info on this? -Ricardo
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