How do I use Cefaly?
Will the pain disappear after a 20-minute migraine treatment session?
In anterior tension headaches, after a 20-minute session of Program 1, you are likely to experience migraine relief with a window of around two hours during which it could be beneficial to repeat the Cefaly treatment again. The pain will disappear or the period of instability will last for a further two hours.
How long do the electrodes last?
The electrodes are good for 10 to 15 sessions depending on usage and storage. The conductive gel needs to stay moist in order to work properly. Once the gel dries, the electrode needs to be changed. We suggest keeping it in a zip-lock bag between uses. Electrodes can also be reactivated by adding a few drops of water to the gel.
What do I do when forehead cleansing wipes run out?
You may use soap and water to cleanse the forehead when wipes run out.
Can I just order the electrodes?
Yes. The electrodes come in packs of 3. Click here to order now.
What type of batteries does the Cefaly use?
Brand new AAA, alkaline based batteries. Do not use rechargeable batteries.
How much time does it take to increase the intensity to a level of effectiveness?
The more the intensity is increased, the higher the dose and therefore the more effective the relief of migraines. The threshold of effectiveness varies from one individual to another. Generally, the intensity should be increased for 6 to 8 minutes in order to step up to the effective zone.
Are there any side effects?
There are very few contraindications to Cefaly’s use. Cefaly headache relief should not be attempted while driving, after recent trauma to the skull or face or where skin conditions or rashes are present in the area of the forehead where the electrode is placed.
What is your return policy?
If you receive a faulty device, we will provide you with a replacement unit free of charge within two weeks of reporting the fault.
Any faults need to be reported within two weeks of purchase.
Can pregnant women use Cefaly?
Cefaly can be used by pregnant women without any problems.
Can Cefaly be used on children?
Children aged 8 and over can use Cefaly under the supervision of an adult. In children under the age of 8, Cefaly is not formally contraindicated. However it would be advised for the child’s paediatrician to assess details of a usage protocol.
Can Cefaly be used by people who have a pacemaker?
Yes. Cefaly has no effect on this type of device.
Usually I get a headache in the afternoon when it’s very cloudy and it’s going to rain but it doesn’t. Is this for that type of headache?
These headaches are caused by ‘atmospheric depression’ and are a tension headache. Usually these are mild headaches that can be solved with aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen. Cefaly suits more severe migraine sufferers where these drugs are no longer efficient.
My migraines occur daily and can come on during the afternoon or night. I have been on medication for the last 10 years and have found I am having to take more regular doses in order to stop the pain. My medication is Imigran 100mg tablets and as a back up I have the Imigran injection, I also take paracetemol.
There are 2 ways for you to use Cefaly. For prevention, make a session with Program 3 every day. Start in the beginning of the afternoon before your migraines start. This regular use of Cefaly on Program 3 or 2 is going to progressively reduce the frequency of your migraines. You can begin to expect fewer migraines and sometimes see quick improvement. As a migraine cure, use Program 1 as much as needed during (40 up to 120 minutes) to reduce pain. This can also help reduce any dosage of Imigran or avoid its use. However, it takes several uses of Cefaly to get there. Prevention use will help you a lot. A change to weekly migraines instead of daily attacks can change your situation quickly.
Cefaly Device cutting out during use?
A few points that could be causing the Cefaly device to cut out during a session,
- Most commonly it is because the battery door has to be thoroughly shut – so the door must be pushed shut and the flap pushed up completely until it clicks locking the door in place. Please watch this video to ensure that the battery door is correctly shut:
- The metal electrodes sticking out of the device should both look the same and triangular, if they are looking odd or not the same then that could be why there is cutting out as the contact will be poor with the stick on electrode. Contact us if this is the case.
- Replace batteries with new alkaline AAA batteries – do not use rechargeable batteries
- May need to replace the electrode as it may not be sticking on securely after multiple uses
Please check these the above points thoroughly and if there is still and issue please contact us on 1300 077 707