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Butterbur Side Effects
I'm taking butterbur for migraines does this supplement have any side effects I should know about?
NOT REALLY: I have extensively used purified butterbur in form of petadolex, and have never had much comment about any side effect except one patient said it left a flavour of grass in his mouth, and one lady said when she belched it smelled like hay. Otherwise, about 80% improve without any major issues. ...Read more
Probably Not Safe: Some butterbur preparations contain chemicals called pyrrolizidine alkaloids (pas), which can damage the liver and cause other serious harm. Only butterbur products that are certified and labeled “pa-free” should be used. Since even the "pa-free" version of butterbur breaks down in the liver avoid taking with Fioricet (since this has Acetaminophen in it) and can lead to further liver damage. ...Read more
Several uses: Herbal butterbur can be used for pain, upset stomach, stomach ulcers, migraine and other headaches, ongoing cough, chills, anxiety, and hay fever -- among others. One of the most striking is migraine prevention. The american academy of neurology has new guidelines recommending one form of butterbur petasites (petadolex) for this. It's free of pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can damage liver. ...Read more
Insufficient data: Butterbur is an herb and unfortunately there is insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness or check drug interaction. There are many traditional abortive medications that are fda approved with sufficient data of evidence based medicine. Rec. Consult with headache or orofacial pain specialist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are there any contra indications for taking butterbur with dilitiazem. The dilitiazem i take for my heart. Prevention magazine recommended butterbur.?
Save your money.: No significant contraindications, but then again there does not appear to be much benefit to taking butterbur. There are some significant side effects. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/butterbur. ...Read more
I've referred you: I just wanted to let you know that I've referred your question(s) to a neurologist here who can hopefully advise you. I hope it helps direct you to a good evaluation and successful treatment. ...Read more
I have had migraines for the last two years. I have tried all conventional methods of treatment. What are your thoughts about butterbur pa free?
for migraine what is better ?riboflavin 400 mg or Co Q10 100 mg or butterbur or feverfew or all together and what is the daily dosage ??
Try all then...: All are proven effective but some individuals respond better to some than others so you need to try all to see what works best for you. Since each reduce migraines but seldom stop them entirely best benefit most likely from taking all. If you go months with no migraine can try stopping one at a time to see what's working. Also try Magnesium taurate or citrate 600 mg/day. See comment for doses: ...Read more
What r some herbs or supplements that would b helpfull to treat migraines? I heard coq10, magnesium, vit. D, meletonin, and butterbur can b helpful.
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