Migraine

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What is migraine?

Migraine is a neural condition characterized by recurrent headache and may be accompanied by nausea, noise sensitivity, 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
157
Tried for
migraine headaches (143) migraine (15)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Imitrex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
145
Tried for
migraine (114) migraine headaches (56)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
87
Tried for
pain (66) migraine (18)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
74
Tried for
migraine headaches (28) pain (27)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
70
Tried for
migraine (46) pain (35)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
migraine (51) migraine headaches (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
65
Tried for
pain (58) migraine headaches (7)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Advil)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
63
Tried for
migraine (50) pain (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
61
Tried for
migraine headaches (54) anxious mood (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
57
Tried for
pain (54) migraine headaches (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)

(Topamax)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (99 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite weight loss 99 more
Total evaluations
111
Tried for
migraine headaches (143) migraine (15)
5 more
Treatment name(s)

(Imitrex)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (60 evaluations)
Side effects
fatigue drowsiness 43 more
Total evaluations
78
Tried for
migraine (114) migraine headaches (56)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (44 evaluations)
Side effects
weight gain drowsiness 37 more
Total evaluations
53
Tried for
pain (66) migraine (18)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Elavil)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (25 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness dry mouth 24 more
Total evaluations
68
Tried for
migraine headaches (28) pain (27)
3 more
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (29 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea stomach pain 16 more
Total evaluations
46
Tried for
migraine (46) pain (35)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Maxalt)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine (25 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea dizziness 18 more
Total evaluations
37
Tried for
migraine (51) migraine headaches (25)
Treatment name(s)

(Ultram)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (31 evaluations)
Side effects
nausea sleepiness 11 more
Total evaluations
35
Tried for
pain (58) 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
31
Tried for
migraine (50) pain (30)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Inderal)
Perceived effectiveness
for migraine headaches (32 evaluations)
Side effects
dizziness anxious mood 22 more
Total evaluations
40
Tried for
migraine headaches (54) anxious mood (10)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (29 evaluations)
Side effects
drowsiness constipation 7 more
Total evaluations
31
Tried for
pain (54) migraine headaches (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 792
30s 2189
40s 3372
50s 2760
60s 1199
70+ 193
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3098
20-29 years 1248
30-39 years 689
40-49 years 337
50-59 years 78
60-69 years 11
70+ years 3

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 1082
Female 9503

Types
Condition Types Proportion # of patients
Chronic migraine (>15 migraines/month) 56
Complex confusional migraine 9
Complex migraine 24
Hemiplegic migraine 11
Menstrual migraine 20
Migraine with brainstem aura (basilar migraine) 21
Mixed tension migraine 32
Ocular migraine 19
Silent migraine 9
Vestibular migraine 5
Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 6469
Not Diagnosed 416

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