Cluster headaches and gammaCore

8th February 2020 by Louise Hudman

Cluster headaches and gammaCore

This is a new guideline from NICE on the use of gammaCore for cluster headaches, published in December 2019. It should be used by specialists.

Why is a new treatment important?

About 5 people a year in the UK commit suicide because of cluster headaches. The side-effects from conventional medications and the monitoring required can be difficult.

What is gammaCore?

It is a non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator. The patient puts gel on the right point in their neck. The device, which is small and portable, is then held over the neck and it delivers a  small electric current for 2 mins. This is repeated 3 times. This can then be repeated multiple times in a 24 hr period.

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