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 (138) migraine headaches (71)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
175
Tried for
migraine headaches (158) migraine (18)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
92
Tried for
pain (39) migraine headaches (32)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
88
Tried for
pain (73) migraine (12)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
83
Tried for
migraine (72) pain (36)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
79
Tried for
migraine (56) pain (38)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
77
Tried for
migraine (66) migraine headaches (23)
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
migraine headaches (61) anxious mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
pain (64) migraine headaches (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Tried for
pain (62) 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 (79 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea fatigue 52 more
Total evaluations
102
Tried for
migraine (138) migraine headaches (71)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (90 evaluations)
Side effects
loss of appetite weight loss 92 more
Total evaluations
104
Tried for
migraine headaches (158) migraine (18)
4 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (40 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 37 more
Total evaluations
84
Tried for
pain (39) migraine headaches (32)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (42 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain fatigue 32 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
pain (73) 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 (72) 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 (56) pain (38)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (31 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 20 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
migraine (66) migraine headaches (23)
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 (61) anxious mood (12)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (34 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 14 more
Total evaluations
39
Tried for
pain (64) migraine headaches (5)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (32 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea constipation 17 more
Total evaluations
36
Tried for
pain (62) 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 818
30s 2,169
40s 3,245
50s 2,551
60s 1,037
70+ 154
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 2,996
20-29 years 1,208
30-39 years 671
40-49 years 323
50-59 years 76
60-69 years 11
70+ years 3

Sex

Distribution of sex

90% Female
10% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 5,845
Not Diagnosed 411

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