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Feverfew

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 13, 2022.

What are other common names?

  • Chrysanthemum parthenium
  • Chrysanthemum praealtum
  • Leucanthemum parthenium
  • Matricaria eximia
  • Matricaria parthenium
  • Pyrethrum parthenium
  • Tanacetum parthenium
  • Altamisa
  • Bachelor's Buttons
  • Chamomile Grande
  • Chrysanthemematricaire
  • Chrysanthemum Pracaltum
  • European Feverfew
  • Feather-Fully
  • Featherfew
  • Featherfoil
  • Featherfully
  • Febrifuge Plant
  • Feddygen Fenyw
  • Flirtroot
  • Flirtwort Midsummer Daisy
  • Grande Chamomile
  • Midsummer Daisy
  • Mutterkraut
  • Nosebleed
  • Santa Maria
  • Vetter-Voo
  • Wild Chamomile
  • Wild Quinine

What is this product used for?

Feverfew may help with migraine headaches.

What are the precautions when taking this product?

  • Always check with your doctor before you use a natural product. Some products may not mix well with other drugs or natural products.

  • This product may interfere with some lab tests. Be sure to talk with your doctor about this and all drugs you are taking.

  • Be sure to tell your doctor that you take this product if you are scheduled for surgery or tests.

  • Do not use this product if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon. Use birth control you can trust while taking this product.

  • Do not take this product if you are breastfeeding.

  • Take extra care if you are allergic to pollens or plants like ragweed, daisy, aster, marigolds, or chrysanthemums.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to thin your blood. These are drugs like warfarin, heparin, or enoxaparin.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to dissolve blood clots. These are drugs like alteplase, reteplase, or streptokinase.

  • Take extra care if you are taking drugs to help with swelling or inflammation. These are drugs like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

  • Take extra care and check with your doctor if you have:

    • Bleeding problems

What should I watch for?

  • Upset stomach

  • Heartburn

  • Increased gas or bloated stomach

  • Mouth sores, loss of taste

  • Rash

  • Taking this product for a long time and then stopping it may cause nervous system problems. These are signs like tiredness, headache, problems sleeping, joint stiffness, or nervousness.

When do I need to call the doctor?

  • Signs of a very bad reaction. These include wheezing; tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat. Go to the ER right away.

  • Fast heart rate

  • Very bad throwing up

  • Very bad loose stools

  • Bruising or bleeding that is not normal

  • Changes in menstrual periods like lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles

Where can I learn more?

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/feverfew

Last Reviewed Date

2022-04-13

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