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Can oxygen help with cluster headaches?

Oxygen therapy may help with the management of cluster headaches, but it does not help prevent future episodes. Typically the oxygen is delivered via a non-rebreather mask at 12-15 liters per minute for 15–20 minutes. Around 70% improve within 15 minutes. Oxygen causes the brain to naturally constrict the dilated blood vessels that cause the cluster headache pain, thus aborting an attack typically within 5-10 minutes.

The cause of cluster headaches is currently not clinically known.

We recommend you talk with your GP to see if oxygen therapy is suitable for your condition. If they provide you with a script for oxygen we will be able to provide an effective oxygen solution for you.

For support and further information on cluster headaches we recommend visiting the Australian Cluster Headaches website.