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Using Verapamil greatly prolongs my current cycle
Feb 9th, 2023 at 9:25pm
 
Hi Cluster headache sufferers,

I wanted to ask if anyone else has experienced that taking Verapamil makes their cycle longer. I've been using it for my cluster headaches for the second time now and I'm noticing that this cycle is much longer than my previous cycle.

The first time I used Verapamil, it helped to lessen the severity of my headaches, but my cycle lasted about 10 weeks as normal. This time around, I started taking Verapamil before my first headache hit, and while I haven't had severe headaches, my cycle has lasted a lot longer. I started having headaches in August and even though the pain subsided in January, I had to start taking Verapamil again when the headaches came back.

I'm starting to wonder if Verapamil is making my cluster headaches chronic. Has anyone else had this experience with Verapamil?
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Reply #1 - Feb 10th, 2023 at 1:17am
 
I don't know much at all about verapamil,  RickJim,  but I have heard you shouldn't stop taking it suddenly.  Seems the best bet is to discuss it with your doctor regarding a change in dosage or a tapered withdrawal.

Hope this helps,

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Reply #2 - Feb 15th, 2023 at 1:34pm
 
From my post on ClusterBusters:

It helped me for a while. It kept the hits away, I'd come off it after a while and be PF without it. Then slowly I had to stay on it longer and with a higher dose to be effective. When I'd try to come off it, the hits would start creeping back in even when I should have been out of cycle. I thought for a good while I had high and low cycles, so I just kept taking the crap. When I finally became fed up with the side effects, I started tapering off just 25 mg at a time over the course of months. Combining that with some busting and D3 usage, I'm PF the majority of the time.

So, for me...it helped.....and it hurt. Personally, I'd only go back on the stuff if I was having no luck with ANYTHING else. Your experiences may be totally different.
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Reply #3 - Mar 19th, 2023 at 9:39am
 
I am having this same issue currently. Started Verapamil 2020 with my last cycle and it helped. Normally my cycles are 8 weeks and stayed that way in 2020. My Dr never tapered me off after my cycle was over so Ive been taking as "prevention' since. New cycle started in October 2022 and nothing would stop cycle. Tried steroid taper three times, as well as upping the verapamil dose. I have completed the Vitamin D3 regimen and don't have any headaches now but still shadows with my normal triggers so I know Im still in cycle over 5 months now. I've tried tapering off the Verapamil and can't even cut one out five that I take daily without it triggering full blown headaches again. I'm certain its the Verapamil thats prolonged but not sure why or how to "reset" and get off the Verapamil.
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Reply #4 - Mar 20th, 2023 at 3:48am
 
I can't begin to answer your question,  Crystal,  but thought I'd jump in anyway to welcome you aboard the good ship CH.com.

Happily we've a few people here who are quite good at the medication side of things and will be able to make a few suggestions.

It's a rotten disease we've chosen but there's always hope for the future,

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Reply #5 - Mar 20th, 2023 at 4:11pm
 
Crystal M wrote on Mar 19th, 2023 at 9:39am:
I've tried tapering off the Verapamil and can't even cut one out five that I take daily without it triggering full blown headaches again. I'm certain its the Verapamil thats prolonged but not sure why or how to "reset" and get off the Verapamil.


As posted above I tapered very slowly. If you can mix and match different dose strengths to come up with a slightly lower total daily dose it will go easier. It took me months to taper off.
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