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
177
Tried for
migraine (140) migraine headaches (69)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
171
Tried for
migraine headaches (157) migraine (14)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
89
Tried for
pain (72) migraine (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
pain (33) migraine headaches (31)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
78
Tried for
migraine (65) pain (36)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
migraine (53) pain (38)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
migraine (62) migraine headaches (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
pain (63) migraine headaches (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
66
Tried for
migraine headaches (58) anxious mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
pain (60) migraine (4)
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 (77 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 52 more
Total evaluations
98
Tried for
migraine (140) migraine headaches (69)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (96 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite weight loss 97 more
Total evaluations
107
Tried for
migraine headaches (157) migraine (14)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (43 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 33 more
Total evaluations
47
Tried for
pain (72) migraine (14)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (36 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 29 more
Total evaluations
79
Tried for
pain (33) migraine headaches (31)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (25 evaluations)
Side effects
chronic kidney disease elevated liver enzymes 4 more
Total evaluations
32
Tried for
migraine (65) pain (36)
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 (53) pain (38)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (27 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 18 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
migraine (62) migraine headaches (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 14 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
pain (63) migraine headaches (8)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 23 more
Total evaluations
41
Tried for
migraine headaches (58) anxious mood (13)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 11 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
pain (60) migraine (4)
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 816
30s 2,164
40s 3,303
50s 2,641
60s 1,116
70+ 167
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3,044
20-29 years 1,224
30-39 years 679
40-49 years 330
50-59 years 77
60-69 years 11
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1,059
Female 9,219

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6,333
Not Diagnosed 411

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