About the AMPP Study
The American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) Study is the largest study of migraine sufferers ever conducted, analyzing symptoms and treatment patterns in a representative sample of 162,576 Americans age 12 and older.
- The study found that approximately 12 percent of Americans have migraines, and approximately 40 percent could benefit from preventive therapies.
- Of migraine sufferers in the study, only one in five currently use preventive therapy.
Almost 98 percent of migraine sufferers take medications for temporary headache relief, but a large majority report their lives are still significantly affected by the pain and debilitation associated with migraines.
- Nine out of 10 migraine sufferers report they can’t “function normally” during days in which a migraine strikes, and nearly three in 10 require bed rest.
- More than 25 percent of migraine sufferers missed at least one day of work over the past three months due to a migraine.
- Nearly 50 percent of sufferers report their migraines prevented them from doing household chores.
- Approximately 30 percent of migraine sufferers did not participate in a family or social activity due to a migraine.
Preventive therapies can decrease the occurrence of migraine by 50 to 80 percent, as well as reduce the severity and duration of migraines that do occur, yet many migraine sufferers are not incorporating these into their treatment.
- The study found that more than half of migraine sufferers only take over-thecounter (non-prescription) medications or none at all.
- Nearly half of migraine sufferers have never used preventive therapies (43.3 percent) as part of their treatment, however, preventive therapy may be an appropriate option to discuss with their healthcare provider.
- Migraines affect 29.5 million Americans.
- Migraine is usually characterized by a one-sided, throbbing and pulsating pain, accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light and noise in various combinations. A minority of migraine sufferers have aura, visual displays before or during attacks.
- Migraines are most commonly experienced between the ages of 15 and 55.
- Women are almost three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men.