Cluster Headaches - 0513-0000-16-044-H01-T

Cluster Headaches

by Andrea Weeks, PharmD
(4.6 / 1127 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy Tech (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


One of the most agonizing types of headache is the cluster headache. Cluster headache is primarily a neurovascular disorder. It typically presents with intense, strictly one-sided retro-orbital or periorbital headache that is often accompanied by obvious craniofacial cholinergic symptoms. The majority of cluster headaches have a short duration, which ranges from five to 180 minutes. In some cases, the headaches occur every day; in others they may occur six to eight times a day. It is this regularity that is the key to diagnosis. Once an organic pathology has been ruled out, the treatment of cluster headache is usually drug therapy. For selected patients with intractable headaches, a variety of surgical procedures may help reduce or eliminate cluster headaches.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide pharmacists and physicians with information about cluster headaches, their presentation, and treatment. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the epidemiology and risk factors for cluster headaches
  • Discuss at least three distinct clinical features of cluster headaches
  • List three abortive and three prophylactic agents used to treat cluster headaches

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, pharmacy techs, and physicians.
Pharmacy techs: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning (a Relias LLC company) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 10/07/2016; Planned Expiration Date: 10/07/2019

Course Originally Released on: 6/5/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/9/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/7/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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PAMELA M - Overland Park, KS  ·  Sep 15, 2019
very helpful if applicable
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TEANDRA J - Kansas City, KS  ·  Sep 14, 2019
Quick and easy to complete
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Amber F - Manassas, VA  ·  Sep 12, 2019
content was very informative
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Lovey B - chula vista, CA  ·  Sep 07, 2019
material is very educational
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SHEENA B - Kansas City, MO  ·  Aug 30, 2019
It had a lot of good info that I will learn from in case I experience Cluster Headaches.
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Price: $15.00
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