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
179
Tried for
migraine (139) migraine headaches (72)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
172
Tried for
migraine headaches (156) migraine (16)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
94
Tried for
pain (39) migraine headaches (33)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
91
Tried for
pain (76) migraine (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
81
Tried for
migraine (70) pain (36)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
migraine (54) pain (38)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
75
Tried for
migraine (64) migraine headaches (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
migraine headaches (62) anxious mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
71
Tried for
pain (65) migraine headaches (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
pain (62) migraine headaches (5)
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 (80 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 51 more
Total evaluations
103
Tried for
migraine (139) migraine headaches (72)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (88 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of appetite weight loss 91 more
Total evaluations
101
Tried for
migraine headaches (156) migraine (16)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 36 more
Total evaluations
85
Tried for
pain (39) migraine headaches (33)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (45 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 33 more
Total evaluations
48
Tried for
pain (76) migraine (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (27 evaluations)
Side effects
stomach pain burning in stomach 7 more
Total evaluations
34
Tried for
migraine (70) pain (36)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (30 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea stomach pain 15 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
migraine (54) pain (38)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (29 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 19 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
migraine (64) migraine headaches (22)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (33 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 23 more
Total evaluations
42
Tried for
migraine headaches (62) anxious mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (33 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 17 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
pain (65) migraine headaches (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 13 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
pain (62) migraine headaches (5)
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 44
20s 819
30s 2,178
40s 3,271
50s 2,575
60s 1,054
70+ 156
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,013
20-29 years 1,218
30-39 years 675
40-49 years 324
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 5,890
Not Diagnosed 412

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