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A migraine headache is caused by enlargement of blood vessels in the brain (called "vasodilation." When these blood vessels become enlarged, they stretch the nerve fibers that are coiled around them. In turn this triggers the nerves to release chemicals. These substances can cause inflammation and pain and enlarge the artery to an even greater extent. It is the increase in the size of the arteries that creates intense pain. The International Headache Society (IHS) recommends that patients who suffer from two or more migraines per month be offered a migraine/headache prophylactic.
It helps maintain proper muscle tone and blood flow in cerebral blood vessels.
No. Petadolex is a dietary supplement.
Petadolex gelcaps contain no trans fats, peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, gluten, tree nuts, fish or shellfish. The main ingredient is pure, PA-free butterbur. The gelcap casing contains small amounts of olive oil, glycerol, gelatin, riboflavin, natural coloring, and trace amounts of sorbitol.
No drug interactions have been reported, and Petadolex® brand butterbur has been used for decades by over 1,000,000 people. Even if you take Petadolex® long-term, PAs will not build up to damage the liver and there is no long-term danger whatsoever.
If you are pregnant, planning to conceive or have liver disease, consult with your doctor before taking Petadolex® or any other medication. As with anything you give a child, Petadolex butterbur gelcaps are best used under a doctor's care.
No, Petadolex doesn't affect your blood's ability to clot, nor does it raise other surgery-related concerns. But, to be on the safe side, feel free to discuss this with your doctor.
Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps contain a natural, non-prescription herbal dietary supplement made from butterbur. Because of the patented purification and toxin-elimination used in their manufacture, Petadolex is the only butterbur product that has been used in migraine research and scientific studies ("Natural" or Alternative Medications for Migraine Prevention, Randolph W. Evans, MD and Frederick R. Taylor, MD, HEADACHE, v 46, No. 6, and Alternative Therapies: Evidence Based Evaluation in Migraine, Steward J. Tepper et al, HEADACHE CARE, 3(2):57-64. For decades, Petadolex has been recommended by European neurologists and has been available in the United States and Japan since 1972.
Unlike prescription medications, butterbur is a natural, plant-based dietary supplement that does not produce any harmful side effects.
Some people experience benefits in as few as two weeks, but it may take two full months to see significant benefits.
Petadolex was developed by European scientists in the 1970s and has been used throughout Europe and Japan for more than 25 years. Petadolex was patented in the U.S. in 2003 and has been steadily gaining popularity here mostly due to physician referral and articles in respected medical journals like Neurology and Headache.
Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps are made from extracts of the butterbur plant, a medicinal plant long known for its muscle-relaxing, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving abilities, all of which have been verified by modern science. Only Petadolex butterbur is formulated using a patented purification and toxin-removal process that eliminates the harmful PA substances found in natural butterbur root. Petadolex butterbur is certified PA-free.
Petadolex contains zero common allergens such as trans fat, peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, gluten, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish. It contains PA-free butterbur plus gelatin, riboflavin and natural coloring agents. Petadolex does of course contain butterbur and should not be used by people with an allergy to butterbur.
It is an herb found in Europe and parts of North Africa and Asia. The plant grows in damp, marshy areas and along riverbanks with large heart-shaped leaves. The name butterbur comes from the reported ancient practice of using the leaves to wrap butter.
If you are pregnant, nursing a baby, are allergic to butterbur or have liver disease, you should not use Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps.. As with anything you give children and adolescents, Petadolex butterbur Gelcaps are best used under a doctor's care.
Because Petadolex is an herbal supplement, you don't need a prescription. However, if you are taking other medications and/or are under the care of a doctor, you may want to check with your doctor.
Neither harmful side effects nor harmful drug interactions have been discovered in three decades of use. Generally, Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps are considered as safe or safer than many prescription drugs and over-the-counter products available in your local pharmacy.
No! Not all butterbur remedies are the same and not all of them are safe. Here's why: The butterbur plant in its unpurified powder form contains natural pyrrolizidin alkaloids (PAs) which may cause liver damage or liver cancer. PAs can be eliminated only while in a liquid form and cannot be eliminated from solid or powdered butterbur root. Only Petadolex is manufactured by a patented method for extracting the beneficial liquid of the Butterbur plant without the PAs. This purification process guarantees that Petadolex is free of detectable PAs.
Furthermore, while in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration does not subject dietary supplements like Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps to strict registration procedures, in Europe, where Petadolex is manufactured, the special butterbur liquid extract is under strict regulation by health authorities. Therefore, Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps must be produced so that it is 100% PA-free.
There are more than one million people worldwide who have used Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps, of which 153,000 are in the U.S. No side effects have ever been reported in the U.S. However in Europe where approximately 750,000 patients have used Petadolex, less than 0.02294% have reported suspected adverse reactions, primarily burping. In a small number of instances, minor nausea and stomachache have been reported.
No. Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps do not interact with drugs.. After 28 years of closely monitoring the use of Petadolex in Europe there has not been a single such interaction reported.
As with anything you give a child, Petadolex butterbur Gelcaps are best used under a doctor's care. Minimal side effects have been reported, including belching, minor nausea, and stomachache.
If you know that your stomach is easily upset, consider taking Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps with food. However, if when taking Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps you experience persistent upper right abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or jaundice, you may be experiencing an allergic reaction to butterbur. Stop taking Petadolex and immediately consult a physician.
It comes in easy-to-swallow gelcap form in a choice of 50 mg. and 75 mg. strengths.
For Adults: one 50 mg Gelcap two or three times daily, or one 75 mg Gelcap twice daily
For children between the ages of 6 and 9: consult physician.
For children between the ages of 10 and 17: one 50 mg Gelcap two times daily or as directed by a health care professional.
Children should not be given 75 mg Gelcaps.
The key to Petadolex is prevention. By consistently taking Petadolex Butterbur Gelcaps on a daily basis, benefits can be seen in as few as four weeks. During these early weeks, the preventative power of Petadolex builds in your system. The resulting relief is worth the wait!
No. Petadolex does not affect blood clotting or any other factor that could have an impact on surgery.