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People with cluster headache are likely to be described as disabled because it is a chronic condition which is likely to last longer than 1 year. This technology avoids invasive treatments, or use of unlicensed medications with potentially serious side effects. Self-administration of treatment with gammaCore needs manual dexterity and the ability to follow instructions. gammaCore cannot be used by people with cochlear implants or pacemakers and has not been used in people who are pregnant, lactating or aged under 18 years.