petadolex (butterbur extract)

Sandra Allen Community Member July 16, 2010
  • Want to share my experience with this natural product. 

     

    It is used in migraine prevention and is good for many migraine sufferers as far as I can see.  My specialist even uses it for his patients.

     

    For me personally, however, it was a disaster.  Beginning with the first day, headache started immediately that day.  Progressively worsening until the fifth day when I realized after my body forcefully rejected the pill I had just given it in a desperate attempt to ease the pain and vomiting (as you know you cannot continue to use 'rescue' meds such as triptans, nsaids, or dhe for that long). 

     

    I would have thought this may be related to something else except for this.  During this violent attack of migraine, it became clear to me that I had experienced this same reaction 4.5 years ago when I first tried Petadolex.  It was for the same length of time and the reaction was exactly the same.

     

    Conclusion:  Petadolex is not for everyone as we know is the case with any substance although it does appear to be ok for most. 

     

    Just a heads up.

3 Comments
  • chickymom
    Oct. 01, 2012

    I quickly developed a rash after starting Petadolex and have had a series of terrible rebound headaches since d/c'ing it..=(

     

    • Sandra Allen
      Oct. 01, 2012

      Dear fellow sufferer,

      Petadolex made my migraines worse.  It appears to be effective for some sufferers, but is not for everyone.  Listen to your chart.  My body violently rejected Petadolex during two separate trial periods spaced 4 and a half years apart.

       

      And, research this site for helpful alternatives.  I am a Botox recipient...

      RHMLucky777

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      Dear fellow sufferer,

      Petadolex made my migraines worse.  It appears to be effective for some sufferers, but is not for everyone.  Listen to your chart.  My body violently rejected Petadolex during two separate trial periods spaced 4 and a half years apart.

       

      And, research this site for helpful alternatives.  I am a Botox recipient and I benefit from the muscle relaxant, Zanaflex, but not Soma.  I also use triptans as occasionally as possible.  Phenergan is my drug of choice for nausea/vomiting and the suppositories (ugh; i know) are the most useful.

       

      It is a process to find your personal 'triggers' and 'aids' to coping, but I have found this site to be very useful.

      Sincerely,

      Sandra 

       

  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Jul. 16, 2010

    Hi Sandra,

     

    Thanks for sharing that information with us about Petadolex. You are so right, not every medication and/or supplement is for everyone. An important point is that even though they say they are "natural" substances were mankind's first drugs, and they still act as drugs in our systems. They have potential side effects and warnings too and should...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi Sandra,

     

    Thanks for sharing that information with us about Petadolex. You are so right, not every medication and/or supplement is for everyone. An important point is that even though they say they are "natural" substances were mankind's first drugs, and they still act as drugs in our systems. They have potential side effects and warnings too and should be discussed with your doctor before trying them. I'm not aware of any  "natural" product that has a high success rate for aborting Migraines in progress. You can get rebound from some of the "natural" substances too - fevervew for example. 

     

    Sometimes it gets so confusing with all the different types of medications out there. Triptan and DHE injectable are medications that abort, or stop the Migrainous process. NSAID's on the other hand are pain relievers. Rescue medications like Ultram, fioricet and percocet are used when abortives fail or cannot be taken. Take a look at this article for more information: Preventive, Abortive, and Rescue Medications - What's the Difference?

     

    Nancy