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Can you tell me, are there any dangerous side effects that anyone has experienced with the supplement milk thistle?

Can you tell me, are there any dangerous side effects that anyone has experienced with the supplement milk thistle?

Not sure it helps...: The medical literature is quite mixed as to the potential value of milk thistle in treating the liver. Lots of things of course cause elevated liver enzymes, & milk thistle certainly may be of little use for many liver diseases.Talk to your liver specialist if herbal products may benefit your particular liver issue. No need to question side effects & take something that has no real proven benefit. ...Read more

Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


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I'm taking milk thistle in belief that it helps the liver. I've no prior condition but what can I use to supplement the health of the liver?

I'm taking milk thistle in belief that it helps the liver. I've no prior condition but what can I use to supplement the health of the liver?

Many things: At least as important as what you take is what you avoid- minimize exposure to alcohol, drugs (both pharmaceutical and recreational) and environmental toxins. Eat organic food as much as possible ; avoid gmo's. A good multivitamin will help. Many herbs support liver health- see http://bit. Ly/hnwpbr
acupuncture ; homeopathy can help. Consider a liver flush- see http://bit. Ly/hnwpbr. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take milk thistle supplements if allergic to ragweed?

Is it okay to take milk thistle supplements if allergic to ragweed?

Best not to: Milk thistle can cause an allergic reaction in people sensitive to the asteraceae/compositae family of plants, which includes ragweed, marigolds, daisies, & many others. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take Milk Thistle supplement if I take Lorazepam as needed?

Is it ok to take Milk Thistle supplement if I take Lorazepam as needed?

No reliable info: There are hundreds of supplements advertised to do all sorts of magical stuff. Very few supplements have real research studies to show benefits (but manufacturers make claims, based on theories, animal tests, testimonials, chemical similarities, etc... but not on real research because real research is hard to do and is expensive to do). Nobody really knows the full effects or drug interactions. ...Read more

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I am on the methadone program. Does milk thistle supplement make methadone stronger and last longer?

I am on the methadone program. Does milk thistle supplement make methadone stronger and last longer?

No: And don't take any supplements, herbs, or over-the-counter medications without first consulting your physician. Methadone is a highly controlled substance, and you should not be experimenting with anything else. Don't take any non-physician advice or suggestions. ...Read more

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Can you take milk thistle supplement whilst breastfeeding?

Can you take milk thistle supplement whilst breastfeeding?

See below: Supplements during breast feeding are generally a bad idea, considering they don't have the same safety testing rigor as regular drugs. That being said, the limited data for milk thistle suggests against any presence in breast milk; on the flip side, there is no solid data that suggests it helps with milk production either. If it doesn't work, why continue to take it and risk harm? ...Read more

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Is taking a multivitamin supplement with milk thistle beneficial?

Is taking a multivitamin supplement with milk thistle beneficial?

Yes, really can if...: A good multivit. Can help you feel better if, like well over 90% of Americans, you're deficient in one or more vitamins or minerals. Even if you don't feel better a good multivit. Can boost your immune system & help prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases. However, it is important to choose a good one. See http://bit. Ly/18XyuLe
& http://bit. Ly/1b36cQ0
& my comment: ...Read more

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Are there any benefits to taking the supplement NAC? Any noteworthy drug interactions? And can it be taken with Milk Thistle?

Are there any benefits to taking the supplement NAC? Any noteworthy drug interactions? And can it be taken with Milk Thistle?

N acetylcysteine: N-acetylcysteine is effective in tylenol (acetaminophen) overdose, as a mucolytic agent in lung diseases associated with increased mucous, antiviral agent for influenza A, certain psychiatric illnesses, prevention of hemorrhagic cystitis in cancer chemotherapy, There is a high incidence of allergic reactions with skin rash, hypotension and wheezing. No other beneficial effects are reported. Milk Thistle OK ...Read more

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I have a fatty liver is it safe for me to take milk thistle supplement?

I have a fatty liver is it safe for me to take milk thistle supplement?

Well....: Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, milk thistle AT BEST has been shown ONLY to lowre the lab values of liver enzymes.
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/11847735 ...Read more

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Is there a supplement for overall health or milk thistle/dandelion to cleanse/detox the liver?

Is there a supplement for overall health or milk thistle/dandelion to cleanse/detox the liver?

Can be helpfull: Yes. This can be beneficial but does not replace good liver living. To ensure good liver health either don’t drink alcohol or limit your intake (1 drink for females & 2 for males/ day). Be proactive with hepatitis b (& a) vaccination. Avoid risks like sharing needles (iv drug use), unprotected sex or lack of sanitation with piercings & tattoos. Protect from blood and fecal contact when>>. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take alpa lipoic acid, n-acetyl l-cysteine (nac) and milk thistle when prescribed quetiapine? The supplements I take for my liver.

Is it safe to take alpa lipoic acid, n-acetyl l-cysteine (nac) and milk thistle when prescribed quetiapine? The supplements I take for my liver.

Probably safe: Please speak with your own physician about this first. There are no problems with alpha-lipoic acid or nac and quetiapine, but there's a possible interaction with milk thistle. There's contradictory evidence aboutit increasing, decreasing, or having no effect on the liver enzyme system that processes quetiapine. In 1 human study milk thistle didn't affect these enzymes -- so with caution, ok. ...Read more

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I hv fatty liver. I exercise 90 min on w/day. My daily supplements are 2g fishoil, calcium+vitD, 2g eve primrose, milk thistle and dandelion tea. Pls advis?

I hv fatty liver. I exercise 90 min on w/day. My daily supplements are 2g fishoil, calcium+vitD, 2g eve primrose, milk thistle and dandelion tea. Pls advis?

Save your money: Hi. First of all, stop paying a fortune for homeopathic nonsense (eve primrose, milk thistle, dandelion tea). What is the cause of your fatty liver? Alcoholism, viral hepatitis, obesity, type 2 diabetes, etc? If possible, treat the underlying cause. What are your blood lipid levels? You should be evaluated by a gastroenterologist. Limit dietary fat (fish oil very high in fat). ...Read more

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Is the hepadiet supplement helps to reduce high liver enzymes caused by liver metastatic cancer. This supplement includes artichoke leves- milk thistle?

Is the hepadiet supplement helps to reduce high liver enzymes caused by liver metastatic cancer. This supplement includes artichoke leves- milk thistle?

Don't spend too much: I'm sorry I can't offer you more. A concoction of milk thistle (which has failed most scientific testing for liver disease) and artichoke leaves and other cheap vegetables appeals to the imagination and emotion of people who are desperate. And there's no reason to treat a lab value. Enjoy what time you have, and if the metastases are troublesome (often they aren't), perhaps local rx can help. ...Read more

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How much should take from milk thistle suplements for alcholic person and how many times?

How much should take from milk thistle suplements for alcholic person and how many times?

Taking Supplements: One should never do more than is recommended on the product you are using. There should be dosing instructions on the product you chose. ...Read more

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I can't tell if my redish/orange stool has blood or is it due to milk thistle supply supliment?

I can't tell if my redish/orange stool has blood or is it due to milk thistle supply supliment?

Trial: Stop taking the supplement for few days, do everything else the same, diet, other therapy, etc. If the unusual color disappears you got your answer. If the color stays, it is not likely that what you see is due to milk thistle. Orange will be highly unusual for blood to turn into, as blood turns darker most of the time. Hope it helps. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle dangerous for people with neutropenia, thrombocytopenia and anemia but with iron overload?

Is milk thistle dangerous for people with neutropenia, thrombocytopenia and anemia but with iron overload?

Not effective: There is lack of objective evidence that milk-thistle will do you any good. I would suggest following conventional treatment recommended by your doctor. See this site for more info.
http://www. Webmd. Com/heart-disease/milk-thistle-benefits-and-side-effects ...Read more

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Are there any dangers or complications associated with taking apple cider vinegar as a dietary supplement?

Are there any dangers or complications associated with taking apple cider vinegar as a dietary supplement?

No: It's remarkably safe. Since you've got a barrett's, you may also have reflux and I trust you won't take so much as to give yourself heartburn. Mention it to whoever is taking care of you; I expect they'll be fine with it. ...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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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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Is milk thistle good for your liver?

Is milk thistle good for your liver?

IV form possibly: Taking it orally had some anecdotal evidence, but they did a big review of multiple studies about it and found no benefit. The ingredient in milk thistle, silymarin, is being tested supposedly via administration through IV route. Here's a link to the study review: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/12427501. ...Read more

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I heard about milk thistle and how it cleanses your liver from impurities?

I heard about milk thistle and how it cleanses your liver from impurities?

Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle does not cleanse your liver from impurities. There are a few studies from Europe which are not of great quality, which show slight improvements with cirrhosis and chronic liver disease. More studies need to be done to recommend it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you take milk thistle with multi vitamins?

Can you take milk thistle with multi vitamins?

Comb vitamins: Milk thistle is an herb that supports the function of your liver. It is safe to take this with a good quality multivitamin. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle effective for helping with fatty liver?

Doubtful: According to nih, "previous laboratory studies suggested that milk thistle may benefit the liver by protecting & promoting the growth of liver cells, fighting oxidation (a chemical process that can damage cells), & inhibiting inflammation. However, results from small clinical trials of milk thistle for liver diseases have been mixed, & two rigorously designed studies found no benefit.". ...Read more

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Is it ok to take milk thistle with soma (carisoprodol)?

Is it ok to take milk thistle with soma (carisoprodol)?

Probably -don't know: We don't know as I doubt that it has ever been studied well. It might slow down the clearance of Soma (carisoprodol). Just watch for more Soma (carisoprodol) side effects. I'm more worried about you taking acetaminophen. Discuss with your doctors about whether Tylenol is safe. Since Milk Thistle is used for liver disorders. Be aware that Milk Thistle has never been proven scientifically to work, but it is widely used. ...Read more

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Is it ok for me to take milk thistle with soma (carisoprodol)?

Is it ok for me to take milk thistle with soma (carisoprodol)?

No: Soma (carisoprodol) is a highly regulated muscle relaxant whose future is in doubt. It has been shown to be addictive and dangerous when used with other meds. Milk thistle is not generally part of main stream medical therapy; its safety and efficacy is unproven. See your doctor for complete evaluation and treatment options. ...Read more

Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dietary Supplements (Definition)

Anything that you take other than the usual meals are dietary supplements. Many people are taking supplementary vitamins and minerals because our diets today are so artificial. God-made food contains these essential non-caloric nutrients and that is what ...Read more