Cluster Headache and Sleep: is sodium oxybate the answer?

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Cluster Headache and Sleep: is sodium oxybate the answer?

Post by Tee on Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:54 am


by JAMES on 13 SEPTEMBER 2011

A new study in Neurology suggests that sodium oxybate may be one of the future drugs for cluster headache sufferers.

We’ve long known about the connection between sleep disorders and cluster. But typical medication for sleep has not been the miracle solution for cluster. But sodium oxybate may be the exception to the rule.

Sodium oxybate is a type of drug known as a central nervous system depressant. It’s used to help prevent daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy (a sleep disorder – read about narcolepsy here). Though we don’t know exactly how it works, it does help with sleep patterns.

The four patients in this long term study responded very well to the drug – their cluster attacks during the night drastically decreased and were less intense when they came. Obviously, patients also slept better!

http://headacheandmigrainenews.com/

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