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, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) 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
174
Tried for
Migraine headaches (158) migraine (17)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Imitrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
171
Tried for
migraine (139) Migraine headaches (67)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
114
Tried for
Insomnia (45) Pain (42)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Tried for
Pain (78) migraine (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
migraine (72) Pain (34)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
migraine (57) Pain (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
73
Tried for
migraine (63) Migraine headaches (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
migraine (67) Pain (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
69
Tried for
Pain (64) Migraine headaches (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
Migraine headaches (61) Anxious mood (11)
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 (93 evaluations)
Side effects
Loss of appetite Weight loss 97 more
Total evaluations
108
Tried for
Migraine headaches (158) migraine (17)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Imitrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (76 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Fatigue 51 more
Total evaluations
100
Tried for
migraine (139) Migraine headaches (67)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (57 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Dry mouth 45 more
Total evaluations
109
Tried for
Insomnia (45) Pain (42)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (42 evaluations)
Side effects
Weight gain Dizziness 35 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
Pain (78) migraine (9)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Burning in stomach chronic kidney disease 7 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
migraine (72) Pain (34)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (30 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Stomach pain 15 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
migraine (57) Pain (37)
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (29 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Chest tightness 19 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
migraine (63) Migraine headaches (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Aleve)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (14 evaluations)
Side effects
Stomach pain Allergic reaction 5 more
Total evaluations
25
Tried for
migraine (67) Pain (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
Nausea Constipation 18 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
Pain (64) Migraine headaches (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for Migraine headaches (33 evaluations)
Side effects
Dizziness Fatigue 23 more
Total evaluations
38
Tried for
Migraine headaches (61) Anxious mood (11)
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 42
20s 791
30s 2,048
40s 3,070
50s 2,395
60s 943
70+ 139
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,952
20-29 years 1,197
30-39 years 663
40-49 years 319
50-59 years 76
60-69 years 11
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

89% Female
11% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,782
Not Diagnosed 409

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