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Autoimmune Hepatitis And Milk Thistle

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Silymarin (Milk Thistle)

...Side Effects? How Does It Interact With Other Therapies? How Do We Know It Works? The Bottom Line What Is Silymarin? Silymarin refers to the extract from the seeds of the plant Silybum marianum , also called "milk thistle." It has been used for over 2,000 years. During the Middle Ages, the seed of the milk thistle was commonly used to treat liver diseases. The active ingredients of milk thistle are chemicals called...
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milk thistle and atripla?

Hi,I have been on Atripla since the end of December last year. I am undetectable already and my cd4 count are over 600. In the last work lab, my liver enzymes were a little high and the doctor wants me to repeat these labs in 3 weeks to check the...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...I am unaware of any significant interactions though formal studies lacking. Data about actual efficacy of milk thistle is mostly anecdotal. I have had patients take milk thistle with minimal side effects but generally no clear evidence of... 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 & liver

What is your opinion of the herb milk thistle and it's beneficial properties for the liver???
Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

Response from Douglas T. Dieterich, M.D.

New York University, School of Medicine
...Most people take milk thistle who have HCV. It can lower liver enzymes but has no effect on the virus and is unlikely to cause any harm. It is up to you. Good Read more »

RE: Milk thistle's effect on HIV meds

Follow up to my previous question. You cautioned me on taking milk thistle. The meds that I'm on are: Sustiva, Epivir and Zerit. Would those three be effected by milk thistle? Thanks.
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...There would be some concern about the interaction of milk thistle and the Sustiva (which is metabolized in the liver). I am unaware of any actual data looking at that.KH Read more »
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Milk Thistle May Help Improve Liver Health in People With HIV and Hepatitis C

...improving liver function for people co-infected with HIV/HCV. A report from a small study of the popular herbal supplement, milk thistle, was presented at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. The study looked at its possible ability... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Milk Thistle -- Hints of Help for Hepatitis C

... The herb milk thistle has been used for millennia as part of traditional European remedies for gastrointestinal and liver illness. This herb contains Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Herbal Therapies Used by People Living With HIV: Milk Thistle

... Milk thistle ( Silybum marianum ) is a plant native to Europe. For hundreds of years, European herbalists observed that it helped reverse Read more »
U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Milk Thistle

...Effects and Cautions Sources For More Information Introduction This fact sheet provides basic information about the herb milk thistle -- common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information. Milk thistle is a... Read more »
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