Migraine

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What is migraine?

Migraine is a neural condition characterized by recurrent headache and may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and photophobia, sometimes preceded by sensory disturbances (aura). Triggers of migraine episodes vary widely and may include allergic reactions, diet, alcohol, and bright lights.

Common symptoms reported by people with migraine

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with migraine

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Imitrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
170
Tried for
migraine (135) migraine headaches (68)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
170
Tried for
migraine headaches (155) migraine (16)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
98
Tried for
Pain (41) migraine headaches (35)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
Pain (76) migraine (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
84
Tried for
migraine (73) Pain (36)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
migraine (56) Pain (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
migraine (64) migraine headaches (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
migraine headaches (63) anxious mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
migraine (65) Pain (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
67
Tried for
Pain (61) migraine headaches (7)
1 more

Data from patients with migraine, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with migraine

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Imitrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (76 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 50 more
Total evaluations
99
Tried for
migraine (135) migraine headaches (68)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (92 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of appetite weight loss 94 more
Total evaluations
106
Tried for
migraine headaches (155) migraine (16)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (44 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 37 more
Total evaluations
89
Tried for
Pain (41) migraine headaches (35)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (42 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 35 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
Pain (76) migraine (10)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (28 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain burning in stomach 7 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
migraine (73) Pain (36)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (30 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea stomach pain 15 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
migraine (56) Pain (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (30 evaluations)
Side effects
heart palpitations nausea 20 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
migraine (64) migraine headaches (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (36 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness fatigue 25 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
migraine headaches (63) anxious mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (14 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain allergic reaction 6 more
Total evaluations
24
Tried for
migraine (65) Pain (6)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 17 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
Pain (61) migraine headaches (7)
1 more
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with migraine, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has migraine on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 43
20s 805
30s 2,101
40s 3,147
50s 2,451
60s 999
70+ 147
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,968
20-29 years 1,206
30-39 years 667
40-49 years 321
50-59 years 77
60-69 years 11
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,809
Not Diagnosed 410

These charts show data from migraine patients who have completed their condition history
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