some drugs you're taking may make symtoms worse

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Posted by Lloyd Lapeyrouse ( on July 23, 2001 at 22:18:07:

I've had clusters for 15 years now and have tried a few things like soaking a rag in hot water and peppermint oil then deeply inhaling. Also lithium, prednisone and lidocaine. These made my condition worse and was confirmed by my General Practioner who's brother suffers from clusters. He told me that what I was on would probably increase the intensity and onset, which it did. My symtoms were 10 times worse than before. I was getting cluster after cluster. He put me on verapomil and amitriptyline. we had to tweek the dosage once or twice, but when I was on this I never had the pain. I also have been in remission going on 3 years.

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