How is primary cough headache treated?

Primary cough headache events usually resolves on their own. For most people, primary cough headache goes away completely within four years.

Because the headache pain goes away quickly, there is usually no need to treat each occurrence. However, because symptoms are painful and disruptive, ongoing preventative treatment is often considered. Indomethacin is the most common drug prescribed to prevent primary cough headache. Other drugs that can be tried and that have been shown to be useful include topiramate, methysergide, acetazolamide, propranolol, naproxen and metoclopramide.

What complications are associated with primary cough headache?

Rarely, individuals may continue to have primary cough headache episodes for years before they finally completely stop.

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