Welcome to a new year—and our first 2018 newsletter! In it, we look at how men’s migraine challenges (and risks) differ from those of women, toxic substances in some butterbur products, and how one doctor has reduced his patients’ chronic migraine attacks by 50-60%.

We’d also like to welcome you to our new Petadolex Facebook page! (Our Dolovent page is coming soon.) You’ll find even more information about natural migraine prevention and enjoy an even more direct way to interact with us. Check it out: Petadolex Facebook Page.

And, as always, we look forward to your questions, comments and ideas for our newsletter. We really enjoy hearing from our readers!

Thank you!

Tina Sanders

Linpharma Customer Education



Men's Migraines: Surprising Triggers and Risks

According to the UCLA Health website, seventy-five percent of migraines occur in women. Other researchers put the ratio of migraines in women at 7:1 compared to men. No wonder migraine is so often viewed as “a woman’s disorder.” For the migraine sufferers who are men, however, migraines prove equally disruptive. The challenge, however, is that men’s migraines often come with triggers—and risks—very different from those experienced by women. Understanding these differences can play an important role in helping men prevent attacks and protect their overall health. Let’s take a look.

1. Hormone shifts aren’t just for women

Many women often experience pre-menstrual migraines when shifts in estrogen and progesterone force the brain’s blood vessels to expand and contract too quickly. For men, a drop in testosterone can cause a similar effect on the brain, triggering a migraine. What causes testosterone levels to drop? Everything from infections and Type 2 diabetes to sleeping too little and drinking too much. Plus, testosterone levels tend to drop as men age, so migraines can start—or worsen—over time.

2. Greater migraine risks from physical activity

Exercise can trigger migraines for both men and women. Men, however, tend to be more likely to overdo exertion which can activate migraine triggers such as dehydration and “vasospasm” in the blood vessels in the neck and head. Injuries from sports and accidents also seem to plague men more than they do women, triggering physical misalignment that can lead to migraines. For instance, whiplash, concussions, disk degeneration or jolts to the upper neck can damage ligaments and healthy alignment, putting pressure on nerves and triggering migraine attacks.

3. Migraine drugs can put the brakes on male sex drive

In December, Consumer Reports alerted consumers to the link between erectile dysfunction (ED) and several common prescription and OTC drugs. Among them were beta blockers and ibuprofen—both commonly used by migraine sufferers. In addition, opioid painkillers (which are frequently prescribed to treat migraine pain) can cause testosterone to drop, which in turn can trigger migraines.

4. Men’s diets are often short on critical nutrients

Men’s Health cites studies showing that 77 percent of men don’t take in enough magnesium. Perhaps that’s because guys aren’t always fans of magnesium-rich foods like tofu and spinach. Or, because rigorous exercise or sweating can quickly deplete magnesium. Either way, research strongly links deficiencies to migraines, so men who don’t get enough magnesium in their diets should consider supplementation.

How can men reduce all four of these triggers? Follow the tips on our PDF: Proven Ways to Defuse Men’s Migraine Triggers—and Risks.

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The National Center for Natural Products Research analyzed butterbur products on the market. Only seven contained the label-specified amount of ingredients and with no PAs detected. Of these PA-safe butterbur products, one was Petadolex® and three were companies who relabel the Petadolex® brand.

This purity and safety is why Petadolex® is the only brand of butterbur used in clinical trials.

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A Doctor's Perspective on Petadolex and Dolovent

We recently heard from one of the doctors who recommends Petadolex and Dolovent to his patients. His comments offered such good perspective on when and why he recommends these natural products that we’d like to share a few key points from his letter with you:

Combining Petadolex and Dolovent: “I have used the combination of Petadolex and Dolovent for patients who have experienced chronic migraines and we have seen at least a 50-60% reduction in frequency of migraine attacks.”

Preventing Post-Migraine Symptoms: “I also recommend Petadolex and Dolovent for patients who have used a migraine drug such as Imitrex to help prevent post-migraine symptoms.”

For Allergy Patients: “One of the unique advantages of Petadolex is its antihistamine effect on allergy patients--reducing symptoms without the side effects of drowsiness and dry mouth.”

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