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)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
155
Tried for
migraine headaches (142) migraine (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Imitrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
150
Tried for
migraine (118) migraine headaches (57)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
86
Tried for
pain (66) migraine (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
pain (29) migraine headaches (27)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
72
Tried for
migraine (47) pain (36)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
pain (62) migraine headaches (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
migraine (53) pain (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
64
Tried for
migraine (52) migraine headaches (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
migraine headaches (57) anxious mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
58
Tried for
pain (56) migraine (3)
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)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (96 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite weight loss 96 more
Total evaluations
107
Tried for
migraine headaches (142) migraine (13)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Imitrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (66 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue nausea 48 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
migraine (118) migraine headaches (57)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (42 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain dizziness 36 more
Total evaluations
49
Tried for
pain (66) migraine (17)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 25 more
Total evaluations
75
Tried for
pain (29) migraine headaches (27)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (29 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea stomach pain 15 more
Total evaluations
45
Tried for
migraine (47) pain (36)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (33 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 14 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
pain (62) migraine headaches (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (23 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic kidney disease elevated liver enzymes 4 more
Total evaluations
30
Tried for
migraine (53) pain (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (25 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 16 more
Total evaluations
33
Tried for
migraine (52) migraine headaches (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 21 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
migraine headaches (57) anxious mood (11)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (30 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
pain (56) migraine (3)
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 785
30s 2,168
40s 3,347
50s 2,696
60s 1,160
70+ 179
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,065
20-29 years 1,234
30-39 years 684
40-49 years 331
50-59 years 77
60-69 years 11
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,066
Female 9,350

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,391
Not Diagnosed 413

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