Complementary medicines for migraine

Complementary medicines can have side effects and interact with prescription medicines. Remember to tell your health professional if you decide to take complementary medicines for migraine.

Of the herbal medicines, feverfew and butterbur have been promoted as a preventive treatment for migraines. Butterbur may prove helpful for some people. Some studies have found feverfew to be effective, but an equal number have not. There are also concerns over the long-term safety of feverfew. For this reason, it is particularly unsuitable for children.

Riboflavin (vitamin B2) and co-enzyme Q10 supplements have both shown some promise as preventive treatments for migraine. Riboflavin must be taken at very high doses (200 mg twice a day) to be effective.

Homeopathy is unlikely to provide any help.

Read more about the safe use of complementary and alternative medicines.

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