What is the efficacy of herb butterbur as a prophylactic treatment for migraine headaches?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Good studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the herb butterbur (Petasites hybridus) in preventing migraines. [131] A guideline from the American Academy of Neurology and the American Headache Society (AAN/AHS) recommends offering butterbur to patients with migraine to reduce the frequency and severity of migraine attacks (level A recommendation). [107] Patients on butterbur require monitoring of liver enzymes.


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