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June is National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

-- Join #MoreThanAMigraine and visit to break the numbing silence --

TORONTO, ON – June 6, 2018 –Allergan Canada is proudly supporting National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month with #MoreThanAMigraine to encourage dialogue and awareness surrounding chronic migraines (CM), migraines and headaches.

“Chronic migraine sits on the severe end of the migraine spectrum and is often misdiagnosed and inadequately managed in Canada. A medical assessment is necessary and can assist with managing chronic migraines through pain relieving medications, preventive therapies and lifestyle modifications,” says Dr. Ian Finkelstein, specialist in migraine and pain management. “Chronic migraine is a highly disabling neurological condition that affects personal, professional, emotional and social aspects of life. Canadians affected by chronic migraine are not alone. Resources and Health Canada approved treatment options are available to manage chronic migraine symptoms.”

The Difference Between Migraines and Other Types of Headaches

Migraines are more severe and debilitating than other types of headaches, and impact over 2.7 million Canadians.i They consist of moderately to severely intense headaches with throbbing or pulsating pain and are often on one side of the head.ii Other debilitating symptoms include nausea; vomiting; and hypersensitivity to lights, sounds and smells.iii

Throbbing statistics

  • It is estimated that between 370,000- 600,000 adult Canadians, 18 years or older, suffer from CM. ii
  • It has been estimated that just 20.2 per cent of CM sufferers receive a CM diagnosis, and only 33.3 per cent of CM patients use preventive medication.iv
  • Patients with CM are more likely to miss days of work, school, household work, become occupationally disabled and experience lower levels of household income.v,iv
  • Patients with CM are nearly twice as likely to be affected by depression or anxiety when compared to episodic migraneurs.v
  • Patients with CM are more likely to receive opioid medications than those with episodic migraines. iv,vi
  • Over 80 per cent of CM sufferers in Canada are women.vii


This June, Allergan Canada is encouraging migraine sufferers to break their silence in hopes to spread awareness on the condition, to highlight the symptoms, and to understand the impact. Migraine sufferers can talk to the healthcare providers, share their experiences online using #MoreThanAMigraine and connect on to discover treatment options, understand triggers, and/or take a patient self-assessment. The site also features a search tool that allows Canadians to find a doctor in their area who may be able to help.

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Liana N. Del Medico
Associate Director, Corporate Communications
Allergan Inc.
T. 905 940-7003

Caroline De Silva
Argyle Public Relationships
T. 416 968-7311 ext.231


i Statistics Canada. Prevalence of migraine in the Canadian household population. Accessed May 2018:

ii Natoli JL et al. Global Prevalence of Chronic Migraine: A Systematic Review. Cephalalgia. 2010 May;30 (5):599-609.

iii Natoli JL et al. Global Prevalence of Chronic Migraine: A Systematic Review. Cephalalgia. 2010 May;30 (5):599-609.

iv Bigal ME, Serrano D, Reed M, Lipton RB. Chronic migraine in the population: Burden, diagnosis, and satisfaction with treatment. Neurology. 2008;71:559-566. doi:10.1212/01.wnl.0000323925.29520.e7.

v Buse DC, Manack A, Serrano D, Turkel C, Lipton RB. Sociodemographic and comorbidity profiles of chronic migraine and episodic migraine sufferers. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2010;81(4):428-432. doi:10.1136/jnnp.2009.192492.

vi Pavlovic J, Yu J, Silberstein S, et al. Migraine Treatment Patterns and Opioid Use Among Chronic and Episodic Migraine Patients Identified by a Clinician-Administered Semi-Structured Diagnostic Interview (S32.001). Neurology. 2018;90(15 Supplement):S32.001. Accessed June 1, 2018.

vii Stokes M. et al. “Cost of health care among patients with chronic and episodic migraine in Canada and the USA: results from the International Burden of Migraine Study (IBMS)." American Headache Society. 2011 May: 1065.