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Butterbur

  • By CarolA13

    Okay, I have FINALLY found something that works. B2 did little for me. Medical Marijuana has not solved the problem. However, there are studies available that show that the herb butterbur is better than tylenol, advil or any other NSAID in eliminating the problem of migraines.

    Migranon II is made by Flora. It’s organic, but not cheap, about $13.00 CAD is the cheapest I can get it. You have to take it twice a day — the capsules are 75 mg. But it works. It works. Relief. Freedom from migraines.

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  • By Nancy Harris Bonk Moderator

    Hi CarolA13,

    I’m so happy to hear you’ve found something that is helping reduce migraine attack frequency and severity – good for you!
    I bet you feel terrific!

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed it stays this way!

    Nancy

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  • By jhhu

    Thank you. I decided to try butterbur. I’ve avoided it in the past because it can cause liver damage. But my doctor agreed and is going to check with blood tests as I use it. I’ve had chronic migraines for 60 years and am having rebound headaches triggered by another medication, so I’m trying to find an alternative way of stopping the cycle. I wanted to know a good brand and dosage, so you really helped.

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  • By AnnAnd

    CarolA13 an jhhu- Are you both taking the butterbur daily as a preventative measure rather than an acute treatment? I tried it for a while, taking it at the onset of my migraines with moderate success but eventually moved on to trying other treatments and now I’m wondering if I should have been taking it daily for better results. Taking it just as needed, I felt it was about as effective as ibuprofen but I would have a mild, lingering headache for hours after the worst part was over which was just annoying.

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  • By peppy2

    Happy migraine free days for you!
    May I ask where you buy the product? Is it safe for heart patients?

    Thank you for sharing!

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  • By semgarden

    I have had migraines for 40 years, I am 59 now. My neurologist gave me an article about using Butterbur, Feverfew, and Riboflavin.
    Butterbur 75mg twice a day
    Feverfew once a day
    Riboflavin 400 per day (I take it all at once)
    I take each of these daily.
    This trio has made a huge difference in the amount, and the severity of my migraines.

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  • By semgarden

    I have had migraines for 40 years, I am 59 now. My neurologist gave me an article about using Butterbur, Feverfew, and Riboflavin.
    Butterbur 75mg twice a day
    Feverfew once a day
    Riboflavin 400 per day (I take it all at once)
    I take each of these daily.
    This trio has made a huge difference in the amount, and the severity of my migraines.

    I buy all of theses things from Swanson. Way less than any place else . Quality too.

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  • By rhobee

    I’ve been taking Propranolol 10mg. twice a day for about two years. This has reduced the frequency of my migraines, I cannot tolerate a higher dose (dizziness, slow pulse). About a year ago I discovered Butterbur. I added 75mg. daily to the Propranolol. This combination has worked amazingly well in preventing migraines.

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  • By Moscue26

    I just joined after searching for information on BUTTERBUR,

    I am in my 70’s and have experienced Migraines since my mid teens. I was prescribed Propranolol and the Atenolol as preventative therapy and while they appeared to reduce my frequency, my MD took me off these as my blood pressure was too low.

    The only treatment I currently use is 100 mg Sumatriptan as needed. This is the only migraine med presently covered by my insurance and even then I am only allowed a quantity of 27 doses in a 90 day period.

    So I am looking for prevention. Over the past few years I have become aware that my Migraines are cyclical almost like “my male time of the month” and I am exploring that avenue.

    I bought 75mg capsules of Butterbur today but am somewhat reluctant to start using them and that;s why I am here.

    Thanks

    M

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  • By rhobee

    Butterbur + Atenolol is the only preventive that has helped me. It has drastically reduced the frequency and length of my migraines. I’ve been taking it over a year. So far, no side effects.

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  • By rhobee

    I just discovered an error in the above post. It should read as follows:

    Butterbur + PROPRANOLOL is the only preventive that has helped me.

    I took Atenolol for several years, but it was ineffective for me.

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  • By CarolA13

    Butterbur works. Make sure you are using a brand that has passed all the extensive quality control issues. I use Migranon II by Flora.

    You need to take it twice a day 75 mg in the AM and 75 mg in the PM. It could take 1-2 months before you finally see the end of your migraines, but it works.

    This is the only thing that has worked for me, but I need to keep taking it. I stopped for a while, then the migraines returned.

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  • By Moscue26

    Thank you for your responses.
    I am on another drug for an underlying disease and I get it by infusion. I want to investigate the potential co relation between that and Butterbur before starting.

    I appreciate you taking the time here

    M.

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  • By rhobee

    It’s a good idea to check with your doctor before taking this supplement. As Carol stated, be sure you take a reputable brand – one that is free of “pyrrilizidine alkaloids.”

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