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AMPP Study Shows Migraine Preventives Underused:
Millions of sufferers not getting available therapies.

 

 

 

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June 27, 2005

“The ultimate goal of every Migraine patient and their healthcare provider is a life with fewer interruptions caused by Migraine pain and disability. . .  Preventive medications can decrease Migraine occurrence by 50 to 80 percent, as well as reduce the severity and duration of Migraines that do occur. Preventive treatment is considerably underused as demonstrated in this study.”

Richard B. Lipton, M.D.,
lead study researcher; professor and vice chair of neurology,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York City;
director, Montefiore Headache Unit

 

Results from the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) Study indicate that 40 percent of Migraine sufferers – or nearly 12 million people – could benefit from preventive therapies. Of Migraine sufferers in the study, only one in five Americans currently uses preventive therapies, however, millions could benefit from these treatments. The results, presented at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Headache Society, underscore the need for more dialogue between healthcare providers and Migraine sufferers to ensure all treatment options are explored. 

Quality of Life Affected
The AMPP Study shows that almost 98 percent of people with frequent Migraines take medications, but a large majority report their lives are still negatively impacted by the pain and debilitation associated with Migraine.

According to the study:

  • 9 out of 10 sufferers report they can’t “function normally” during days in which a Migraine strikes.
  • Nearly three in 10 require bed rest.
  • More than 25 percent missed at least one day of work over the past three months due to a Migraine
  • Almost 50 percent report that their Migraines prevented them from doing household chores.
  • Approximately 80 percent of Migraine sufferers experience abnormal sensitivity to light and noise.
  • Almost 75 percent report nausea and vomiting.
  • Nearly 79 percent experience pulsating, throbbing pain.
“For those who don’t have Migraines, it is often difficult to understand the pain and life-altering effect they have on the sufferer and their family.

Suzanne Simons
executive director,
National Headache Foundation, Chicago

The AAMP study illustrates what you see in other articles on our site: Migraine care consists of multiple parts:

  • Trigger identification and management
  • Preventive therapies
  • Abortive therapies
  • Rescue medications as necessary

Summary

Preventive medications are taken daily to reduce the frequency and severity of Migraine attacks. Once Migraineurs find an effective preventive regimen, they often find that abortives are more effective for them also.

As more research is done and more is learned about the disease process of Migraine, there is mounting evidence that Migraine may well be a progressive brain disease and that prevention of Migraine as many attacks as possible is the healthiest form of treatment. In an article in Headache, Loder and Biondi comment, “Historically, the threshold for initiation of preventive pharmacological therapy of Migraine has been high, although new evidence regarding risk factors for Migraine progression suggests the need to lower this threshold and practice a more aggressive treatment approach toward Migraine prevention.”

If you experience two or more Migraine attacks a month, please talk to your doctor about preventive therapies. There's a wide range of preventives to work with, from dietary supplements to prescription medications.

About the AMPP Study
The AMPP Study is based on data examining nearly 163,000 Americans age 12 and older selected to be representative of the U.S. population. Based on a validated questionnaire, researchers reviewed headache symptoms and frequency, impairment, current or past use of Migraine prevention medications (prescribed and/or over-the-counter) and use of medications prescribed for other indications but known to prevent Migraine headaches (coincident use). Researchers plan to conduct longitudinal follow-up studies in coming years to assess the impact of preventive therapy versus non-treatment of American headache sufferers. The AMPP Study was conducted for the National Headache Foundation through funding from Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc.

About The National Headache Foundation
The National Headache Foundation, founded in 1970 and celebrating its 35th anniversary, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving headache sufferers, their families and the healthcare providers who treat them; promoting research into headache causes and treatments; and educating the public to the fact that headaches are a legitimate biological disease and that sufferers should receive understanding and continuity of care. For more information on headache causes and treatments, visit www.headaches.org or call 1-888-NHF-5552.


Press Release: “Study Finds Millions of Migraine Sufferers Continue to Live with Pain Despite Available Preventive Treatments.” The National Headache Foundation. Philadelphia: June 24, 2005.

Loder, Elizabeth & Biondi, David (2005) “General Principles of Migraine Management: The Changing Role of Prevention.” Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain 45 (s1), S33-S47. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2005.4501002.x

   
 

 
 
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