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Silymarin (Milk Thistle)

Most of the scientific studies of silymarin were published in Europe. The Bottom Line Silymarin is an extract of the seeds of the milk thistle plant. It has been used for over 2,000 years to treat liver problems. No serious side effects or dangerous interactions have been noted. For people with HIV, especially if they have had hepatitis, silymarin might help protect the liver from damage caused by ARVs. It might also reduce stomach upset...
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Milk Thistle effectiveness and Lamivudine as monotherapy

I was diagnosed Hep-B 18 months ago and began Lamivudine monotherapy(100 mg daily) 14 months ago. I have also been taking Milk Thistle daily (200mg). What has been your experience with the effectiveness of Milk Thistle - it seems to have more...
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
Dear BN,Many people take milk thistle in the US too. It does seem to lower enzyme levels, but does not do anything to the virus. You are right to worry about resistance with lamivudine monotherapy. It can be as high as 40% after one year. On the... Read more »

Milk Thistle

Is this a good thing for HCV (or HIV, HVB) people to take???...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
I think the answer is that we still don't know.A systematic review was performed in 2007 of 18 studies of milk thistle. The authors found that only a quarter of these studies were well-designed to answer that question and these did not prove a... Read more »

Milk Thistle and HIV Meds

After reading your recent posts about HIV and milk thistle, I recently purchased milk thisle to take but haven't as of yet. I am HIV+ almost 17years my current regime is Kaletra-2tablets twice daily, Viread-one tablet daily, and Didanoise- one...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is little published information on the safety and efficacy of milk thistle in the setting of HIV+ hepatitis C co-infection who are on your regimen. Assessment of your hepatitis C status to determone need for treatment is important. Whether... Read more »

Milk thistle (Silymarin) and HIV meds

Im on PEP - Is milk thistle good or bad for a regime of AZT+3TC and Indinavir.. Thought taking it would help me protect my liver...thanks...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Although there has been alot of interest in the possible benefit of milk thistle in the setting of HIV or hepatitis C there is no good data suggesting that it is useful to prevent side effects of HIV meds. A 4 week course of your HIV meds usually is... Read more »
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