FAQS

Top 6 Questions

What does Petadolex® butterbur do?

It helps maintain proper muscle tone and blood flow in cerebral blood vessels.

Is Petadolex® a drug?

No. Petadolex® is a natural health product.

What's in Petadolex®?

Petadolex® gelcaps contain no trans fats, peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, gluten, tree nuts, fish or shellfish. The main ingredient is pure, PA-free butterbur. The gelcap casing contains small amounts of olive oil, glycerol, gelatin, riboflavin, natural coloring, and trace amounts of sorbitol.

Does Petadolex® cause harmful side effects or interactions with other dietary supplements or medications?

No interactions have been reported, and Petadolex® brand butterbur has been used for decades by over 1,000,000 people. Even if you take Petadolex® long-term, PAs will not build up to damage the liver and there is no long-term danger whatsoever.

If you know that your stomach is easily upset, consider taking Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps with food. However, if when taking Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps you experience persistent upper right abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or jaundice, you may be experiencing an allergic reaction to butterbur. Stop taking Petadolex® and immediately consult a physician.

Who should not take Petadolex®?

If you are pregnant, planning to conceive or have liver disease, consult with your doctor before taking Petadolex® or any other supplement.

Do not use Petadolex if you have any liver disease or condition that impairs liver function, a history of alcohol abuse, or are currently consuming St. John’s Wort. Consult your physician before taking Petadolex if you are a long-time user of high doses of OTC pain relief medications such as acetaminophen or if you are a long term user of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like diclofenac.

Do I need to discontinue Petadolex® if I'm having surgery?

No, Petadolex® doesn't affect your blood's ability to clot, nor does it raise other surgery-related concerns. But, to be on the safe side, feel free to discuss this with your doctor.

Product Characteristics

What are Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps?

Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps contain butterbur. Because of the patented purification and toxin-elimination used in their manufacture, Petadolex® is the only butterbur product that has been used in research and scientific studies. For decades, Petadolex® has been recommended by European neurologists and has been available in Canada, Japan and the United States of America since 1972.

How does butterbur compare to prescription medications?

Unlike prescription medications, butterbur is a plant-based, natural health product.

Product Development & History

How long has Petadolex® been on the market?

Petadolex® was developed by European scientists in the 1970s and has been used throughout Europe and Japan for more than 25 years. Petadolex® was patented in the U.S. in 2003 and has been steadily gaining popularity in Canada and the United States of America due to physician referral and articles in respected medical journals.

What is in Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps?

Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps are made from extracts of the butterbur plant, an herbal plant long known for its support of neurological health and normal blood flow in the brain, both of which have been verified by modern science. Only Petadolex® butterbur is formulated using a patented purification and toxin-removal process that eliminates the harmful PA substances found in natural butterbur root. Petadolex® butterbur is certified PA-free.

What is in Petadolex® besides butterbur - should I be concerned about allergic reactions?

Petadolex® contains zero common allergens such as trans fat, peanuts, eggs, milk, wheat, gluten, tree nuts, fish, or shellfish. It contains PA-free butterbur plus gelatin, riboflavin and natural coloring agents. Petadolex® does of course contain butterbur and should not be used by people with an allergy or hypersensitivity to plants of the Asteraceae/Compositae/Daisy family. Hypersensitivity/allergy is known to occur, in which case, you should discontinue use. 

What is butterbur?

It is an herb found in Europe and parts of North Africa and Asia. The plant grows in damp, marshy areas and along riverbanks with large heart-shaped leaves. The name butterbur comes from the reported ancient practice of using the leaves to wrap butter. Extracts of the plant's roots, leaves and flowers have been used as far back as the Middle Ages for head discomfort.

Product Safety

Is there anyone who shouldn't take Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps?

If you are pregnant, nursing a baby, are allergic to plants of the Asteraceae/Compositae/Daisy family, have hepatitus or other liver disease, or consume excess amounts of alcohol, you should not use Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps.

Do I need my doctor's approval to take Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps?

Because Petadolex® is an herbal supplement, you don't need a prescription. However, if you are taking other dietary supplements or medications and/or are under the care of a doctor, you may want to check with your doctor.

I understand that Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps are made from the butterbur plant as are many other herbal supplements. Are all butterbur remedies the same, or are some better or safer than others?

No! Not all butterbur remedies are the same and not all of them are safe. Here's why: The butterbur plant in its unpurified powder form contains natural pyrrolizidin alkaloids (PAs) which may cause liver damage or liver cancer. PAs can be eliminated only while in a liquid form and cannot be eliminated from solid or powdered butterbur root. Only Petadolex® is manufactured by a patented method for extracting the beneficial liquid of the Butterbur plant without the PAs. This purification process guarantees that Petadolex® is free of detectable PAs. Furthermore, in Europe, where Petadolex® is manufactured, the special butterbur liquid extract is under strict regulation by health authorities. Therefore, Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps must be produced so that it is 100% PA-free.

Are there any symptoms that I should be aware of when taking Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps?

If you know that your stomach is easily upset, consider taking Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps with food. However, if when taking Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps you experience persistent upper right abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting or jaundice, you may be experiencing an allergic reaction to butterbur. Stop taking Petadolex® and immediately consult a doctor.

Are Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps safe for children?

As with anything you give a child, Petadolex® butterbur Gelcaps are best used under a doctor's care. Minimal side effects have been reported, including belching, minor nausea, and stomachache.

Product Facts

In what form does Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps come?

It comes in easy-to-swallow gelcap form in a choice of 50 mg. and 75 mg. strengths.

How is Petadolex® taken?

For Adults: one 50 mg Gelcap two or three times daily, or one 75 mg Gelcap twice daily.

For children between the ages of 6 and 9: consult physician.

For children between the ages of 10 and 17: one 50 mg Gelcap two times daily or as directed by a health care professional.

Children should not be given 75 mg Gelcaps.

The key to Petadolex® is prevention. By consistently taking Petadolex® Butterbur Gelcaps on a daily basis, benefits can be seen in as few as four weeks. During these early weeks, the preventative power of Petadolex® builds in your system. The resulting relief is worth the wait!

Do I need to discontinue Petadolex® if I'm having surgery?

No. Petadolex® does not affect blood clotting or any other factor that could have an impact on surgery.

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