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

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

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.



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.

DOSING: Migraine headache prevention: Take 50 – 100 mg dried leaf extract by mouth once daily; for other preparations, see manufacturer's directions.

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