Migraine and Cluster Headache Medications (cont.)
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What Causes Migraine and Cluster Headaches?
Many experts believe that migraine and cluster headaches share a common cause that begins in the nerve that carries sensation from the head to the brain (trigeminal nerve). Blood vessels on the brain’s surface expand (dilate), causing swelling in an area and pressure on nerve endings. The nerve endings submit signals to the brain to perceive pain. This may also explain some other symptoms associated with migraines, such as nausea, vomiting, and visual disturbances.
What Are the Risks of Migraine and Cluster Headaches?
Migraine and cluster headaches are debilitating and may affect quality of life, cause depression, worsen job performance, and increase absenteeism from school or work.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/14/2014
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Joseph Carcione Jr, DO, MBA
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James H Halsey, MD
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