Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium, Chrysanthemum parthenium, Bachelor's Buttons, Featherfew)

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GENERIC NAME: Tanacetum parthenium, Chrysanthemum parthenium

BRAND NAME: Feverfew, Bachelor's Buttons, Featherfew

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Tanacetum parthenium is an herb. The leaves are used as a natural herbal supplement. Tanacetum parthenium contains parthenolide, which works on serotonin receptors in the brain, giving relief from migraine headaches. Tanacetum parthenium is also believed to have anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, and anti-histamine effects. Check with your health-care professional before using herbs or herbal supplements.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tanacetum parthenium is available as oral capsules, dried leaf extract, and as a liquid extract. Concentration of Tanacetum parthenium may vary from product-to-product due to multiple manufacturers producing various products.

STORAGE: Due to multiple manufacturers making different forms of Tanacetum parthenium, storage requirements may vary based on individual manufacturer practices.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Tanacetum parthenium is used for the prevention of migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, and skin irritations (itching, psoriasis) and many other ailments.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/19/2014



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