Cluster Headaches - CMEZ-PH44

Cluster Headaches

by Andrea Weeks, PharmD
(4.6 / 86 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
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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 the various clinical features of cluster headaches
  • List the abortive and prophylactic agents used to treat cluster headaches

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, pharmacy techs, and physicians.
Physicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine and the Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 1/25/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/9/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/9/2019

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Amy W - Colorado Springs, CO  ·  Apr 26, 2019
Reviewed therapies to treat cluster headaches
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Lynn H - tampa, FL  ·  Feb 15, 2019
good review of cluster headaches
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Lauren S - willis, TX  ·  Feb 08, 2019
interesting facts about cluster headaches. will be something I can use in practice
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Vincent A - Middle Village, NY  ·  Jan 22, 2019
excellent wealth of knowledge.
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Augustine M - Narragansett, RI  ·  Jan 18, 2019
Excellent course - I learned a lot - great refresher
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