WARREN, N.J., April 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Excedrin® unveils The Migraine Experience, the world's first augmented reality migraine simulator, to unlock a new level of understanding around migraines and the impact they have on the daily lives of the 36 million sufferers in the U.S.1
"Migraines are more than bad headaches – the pulsing pain can be debilitating, and the associated symptoms like nausea and extreme sensitivity to light and sound, really impact people's lives," said Dr. Elizabeth Seng, a New York based psychologist. "Migraines interfere with work, with people's social lives, emotional health and relationships. Unfortunately, migraines are largely misunderstood, often leaving sufferers feeling isolated and stigmatized."
The Migraine Experience is the first simulator designed to give non-sufferers the chance to safely experience symptoms of a migraine including disorientation, aura, sensitivity to light and blurred vision. By using augmented reality, a non-sufferer experiences his or her everyday scenario while the migraine symptoms alter what they're actually seeing or trying to do.
"We created The Migraine Experience to foster a new level of understanding between migraineurs and non-sufferers," said Scott Yacovino, senior brand manager, U.S. Pain Category. "We're simulating the symptoms of a migraine – everything but the pain – because experiencing is believing. Using technology to drive human emotion to help migraineurs feel better understood – allowing non-sufferers, for the first time, to see what it's like to have a migraine."
As one of the first brands to leverage augmented reality technology to conceptualize a health condition, Excedrin® is proud to be driving the category toward fostering a more understanding, empathetic environment for sufferers.
Excedrin® is partnering with Andy Cohen, NY Times Best-Selling Author, TV personality, producer and expert in navigating relationships from housewives to reality stars, to help spread awareness and discuss the impact migraines can have on relationships with friends, spouses and co-workers.
"Growing up with migraines, I experienced firsthand how debilitating an episode can be and how much it can affect relationships with loved ones," said Andy Cohen. "In my experience, both personal and professional, I've seen how migraines can become a third party in relationships – creating tension in, sometimes, already murky waters."
Delivering "A-ha" Moments to Foster Empathy: The Migraine Experience
To bring The Migraine Experience to life, Excedrin® brought together real sufferers in different types of relationships with non-sufferers – mother/daughter, girlfriend/boyfriend, co-workers and friends.
Each migraine sufferer explained the symptoms they most often experience during an episode, including aura, disorientation, and blurred vision. The symptoms were then replicated for their non-sufferer counterpart, conducted in a controlled environment, using augmented reality technology to alter their experience of everyday life – from riding the subway to going to a restaurant.
The reactions spoke volumes.
Once the non-sufferer experienced what his/her partner goes through during a migraine, their increased understanding led to a reaction full of empathy and love, which, until now, was harder to identify. Some even wished they could "take on" the migraine for their loved one. The relationships, and reactions, are featured in the latest TV commercial, airing across broadcast and digital media properties starting in early April.
Excedrin® On a Mission
Excedrin® has been a leader in head pain relief for more than 50 years. But the brand's dedication to migraine sufferers doesn't stop there. Excedrin® is committed to bringing migraine sufferers the true understanding and empathy they deserve — and now, The Migraine Experience is providing that opportunity for the first time.
Through a national, multi-channel campaign, in-store activations and The Migraine Experience app, where users are able to experience the simulation via Google Cardboard, Excedrin® is doing all it can to help dispel misconceptions of this pervasive, and at times imperceptible, condition.
Learn more about the Excedrin® The Migraine Experience campaign and meet the sufferers and volunteers from the campaign at Excedrin.com/Migraine-Experience.
About Excedrin® Migraine
The first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat all the symptoms of a migraine including, pain, nausea and sensitivity to light and/or sound. Excedrin® Migraine is the #1 Neurologist recommended* over-the- counter brand for migraine relief.
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*Among OTC medicine for migraines. Symphony Health Solutions, 2015.
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