Butterbur for Migraine prevention?

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    I am just wondering about the effectiveness of Butterbur. I take Imitrex, Fiorinal, and an anti-nausea med for migraines which occur almost daily and have for the past 45 years or so.  I am a 55 yr old woman, healthy otherwise, and on no other medication. I have the Butterbur that is free of PA's. I have tried most every med/herb/treatment available throughout the years but I am always on the 'lookout' for something that may help.

    Thank you for considering my question, Bonnett.




    Dear Bonnett;


    Butterbur is quite an effective preventive for some people. Unfortunately, as with any preventive treatment, the only way to know if it's effective for you is to try it. That said, all treatments, including "natural" products, should be discussed with your doctor before using them. For more information about why this is so important, see Supplements for Migraines - The ARE Drugs.

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    If you do try butterbur, please give it a three-month trial before deciding if it's helping.


    If it doesn't, don't lose hope! There are now over 100 medications and supplements in use for Migraine prevention, so many possible preventives, it’s literally impossible to have tried them all. See Migraine preventive medications – too many options to give up! for more information.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: March 10, 2010