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Taking Indomethacin to relieve cluster headache. Have high blood pressure and head discomfort. Should medicine be stopped?

Nov 2013
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I have been taking Indomethacin for one week to relieve cluster headaches. While it works to control the pain, my blood pressure is running around 155/95 and I have a very strange zapping sensation in my head. Are these side effects enough to warrant stopping the Indomethacin? (I must admit that it has taken months to find a medication that works, and I feel bothersome to my prescribing doctor.)
Posted Tue, 27 Aug 2013 in Headache and Migraines
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 6 hours later
Thank you for posting your query.

It is good to note that Indomethacin is working for your cluster headaches, and you have found a medicine that works.

I do not think high blood pressure is related to indomethacin. Please keep a close watch on your BP, and if needed, a small dose of anti-hypertensive medication (such as olmesartan or telmisartan) may be added. There is no need to discontinue indomethacin at this stage.

I hope it helps.
Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist
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