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Doctor insights on: Statins And Milk Thistle

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Statins (Definition)

Several drugs exist which lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme in liver cells (hmg-coa reductase) that is involved in cholesterol synthesis. These all have generic names that end in -statin, e.g. Atorvastatin (lipitor) and Simvastatin (zocor). Since nearly all of the meds in this class have been shown to have similar cardiovascular benefits, we often discuss them ...Read more


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Can and should milk thistle be taken longterm?

No: A large nih funded clinical trial dailed to show any benefit of using milk thistle for hepc. It doesnot help but probably harmless. ...Read more

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Can you take red clover with milk thistle?

Can you take red clover with milk thistle?

Yes: It is common in herbal medicine to combine several herbs together red clover and milk thistle are commonly combined and can be safely taken together.
See https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/red-clover
and https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/milk-thistle
for more about these beneficial herbs. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take milk thistle every day?

Is it safe to take milk thistle every day?

Milk thistle: Milk thistle is a herb that supposed to lower cholesterol and help in liver disease. Taken over time it can cause diarrhea and bloating. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of milk thistle?

What are the side effects of milk thistle?

Milk thistle: "Milk thistle may cause allergic skin reactions, bloating, blood clots, collapse, constipation, decreased platelets, diarrhea, eczema, elevated liver enzymes, fever, gas, giddiness, headache, heart attack, heartburn, high bilirubin (a toxic substance) in the blood, hives, impotence, increased creatinine, increased lactate dehydrogenase level, infection, insomnia, irritability, itching, joint pain" ...Read more

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What is milk thistle? Do doctors recommend it?

What is milk thistle? Do doctors recommend it?

Herb frm Daisy plant: Milk thistle (silymarin) is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. It is native to Mediterranean countries. Some people also call it Mary thistle and holy thistle. Most doctors do not believe it has any proven benefits for liver disease, diabetes or heart disease. The are good, safe and effective medications for these problems. ...Read more

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How do u know if milk thistle is working would it bring out spots?

Not enough info: Working for what? Not aware that there is any evidence that milk thistle can do anything. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to take milk thistle even though I am allergic to ragweed?

Is it okay for me to take milk thistle even though I am allergic to ragweed?

Good question!: Both milk thistle and ragweed are in the asteraceae botanical family. While this might be enough to increase the chance they share common allergens, I was unable to find information in the scientific literature that the allergy to one increased risk to the other. Since information is lacking, be cautious and use the expertise of an allergist. A skin test might be helpful or a stepwise challenge. ...Read more

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When one is using lilly fluoxetive, will there be side effects when using milk thistle in conjunction?

When one is using lilly fluoxetive, will there be side effects when using milk thistle in conjunction?

Fluoxetine: I am not aware of any particular interaction between the two. Milk thistle is a liver protectant and doesn't seem to interfere with serotonin or other bioactive substances in the brain or other tissues that fluoxetine does. ...Read more

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I bought milk thistle seeds I want to know how many teaspoons I use per cup and is there any bad side effects?

I bought milk thistle seeds I want to know how many teaspoons I use per cup and is there any bad side effects?

Milk Thistle SE's: GI upset and a laxative effect have sometimes occurred with Milk Thistle.
Sorry — I can tell you how much to use per cup. ...Read more

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Anyone have any positive feelings towards the regular use of milk thistle? If so, what benefits does it provide?

Anyone have any positive feelings towards the regular use of milk thistle?  If so, what benefits does it provide?

Liver Healing: First there is no medication to take if the liver is damaged or inflamed. Milk thistle, which has a mixed reputation among scientists, has been used for years worldwide to assist in liver healing. I often recommend it to my patients given there is no health damage that would be caused by the use of milk thistle. I would say take it until your liver functions have returned to normal. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle good at helping with nalfd? My enzymes are perfect right now. It just showed fatty infiltration with borderline enlargement

Is milk thistle good at helping with nalfd? My enzymes are perfect right now.  It just showed fatty infiltration with borderline enlargement

No.: Milk thistle has been tried for a variety of liver diseases without evidence of benefit. Incidentally noted nafld generally has a good prognosis. Other than avoiding hepatotoxins such as alcohol, acetaminophen, and insuring you are immunized against hepatic disease, you should not worry about taking additional items to prevent progression. ...Read more

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Is funugreek and milk thistle a good lacation blend?

Is funugreek and milk thistle a good lacation blend?

Fenugreek: Commonly fenugreek and blessed thistle are for increasing milk supply. I recommend mother's milk tea. (at health food store)i have had consistent results with that and don't have to worry if it is a good combination...Because it is.
There are acupressure points that can also help increase supply. See a trained practitioner in acupuncture/acupressure for proper instruction. ...Read more

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How to use milk thistle drops?

As directed: Use it as directed on the bottle. Usual daily dose is 12 to 15 g of whole or powdered fruit or 200 to 420 mg of milk thistle. ...Read more

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Does milk thistle have anti-aging properties?

Does milk thistle have anti-aging properties?

Yes: In addition to its well-known benefits to the liver, Milk Thistle is one of the substances that have been demonstrated to help maintain telomere length. ...Read more

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How long does it take for milk thistle to work?

How long does it take for milk thistle to work?

See details: You make an assumption that it does work. In my experience it has little value while it is purported to have a number of properties including liver protection human studies are lacking. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle safe to take with any medication?

Is milk thistle safe to take with any medication?

Yes: But why would you do so. It's of no proven medical value and can cause diarrhea and other adverse events. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with milk thistle?

Milk thistle: Looks nice as a flower. May not taste good. Other than that you will be spending money for something that is not regulated and can contain anything they want to put in it. ...Read more

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How long will it take for milk thistle to start working?

How long will it take for milk thistle to start working?

Probably Never: Milk thistle (silymarin) is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. It is native to Mediterranean countries.
There is no proof that it is effective for liver disease, heart disease or diabetes. There effective drugs for these problems, why waste time and money on non proven, probably ineffective supplements? ...Read more

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Can milk thistle make symptoms worse before they get better?

Details needed: Insufficient details to give a good answer. We need to know what symptoms and which condition you are concerned about. ...Read more

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Question for the holistic folks: what is a good daily dose of milk thistle?

MIlk Thistle: There are too many products sold as milk thistle to give you any valid or specific answer. In my practice i always advise my patients to follow the dosing instructions that are on the product they purchase. ...Read more

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Any medications milk thistle interacts with? I have taken it with several and never had a problem

Any medications milk thistle interacts with? I have taken it with several and never had a problem

Yes: Check out http://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/milk-thistle.html for a short list of medications that interact w/milk thistle. Also, be aware/careful that dietary supplements typically are not regulated by 3rd party so quality control can be problematic eg dose variance, contamination, etc. Be sure to always inform prescribing doctors of all OTC & prescription medications & dietary supplements ...Read more