Posted by Todd (220.127.116.11) on February 17, 2000 at 18:46:36:
In Reply to: just started new med. posted by Carroll on February 17, 2000 at 18:26:01:
Hi Carroll and welcome.
First of all, most researchers and doctors now beleive that women account for 15-20% of cluster sufferers. Our own imperfect and totally unscientific survey (see the link buttons to the left) shows about 25%.
Prednisone does tend to be a 'first try' kind of drug for many docs. If it doesn't work, many will then go on to Sansert. Pred's side effects are pretty undesireable for many, but Sansert can be deadly if taken for too long a period (over 5 months).
Verapamil (calan) probably has the highest success rate as a preventative. Imitrex is best as an abortive. Oxygen, at 8-10 liters/minute through a full, non-rebreather mask works great for many as an abortive.
Cruise through as many posts as you can here and check out all the links to the left. This site has the world's largest assemblage of cluster information and experts.
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