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Feverfew or tanacetum parthenium is a plant historically used as a natural treatment for fever, headaches, itching, migraine prevention, infertility, nausea and vomiting, toothache, inflammation and arthritis.[1][2][3][4]

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Migraine prevention[edit | edit source]

Evidence supporting feverfew supplements for migraine prevention is inconsistent and contradictory.[1] However, a recent clinical trial found that MIG-99, a more stable feverfew extract, appeared to benefit a minority of migraine patients.[1][5]

Other uses[edit | edit source]

There is very little evidence for other uses of feverfew.[2][4]

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Risks and safety[edit | edit source]

Feverfew appears to be probably safe for use in adults who are not pregnant.[1]

Feverfew side effects include:

  • uterine contractions resulting in miscarriage or early labor in pregnancy
  • allergic reactions which may include a skin rash: people allergic to other members of the daisy family (Asteraceae family), including chamomile, chrysanthemums, ragweed and yarrow, should avoid feverfew since they are more likely to be allergic to it
  • heartburn, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting
  • gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation
  • pounding heartbeats
  • headache, dizziness, feeling nervous;
  • insomnia and feeling tired
  • weight gain
  • joint stiffness;
  • changes in menstrual periods[1]
  • easier bruising or bleeding including nosebleeds may also occur with feverfew[1][3]

Costs and availability[edit | edit source]

Available over the counter, without perscription.[3]

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