Can A Person With HIV Take 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

Hello Dr. Young,Back in 2007 a question was brought to your atttention about milk thistle and the use of it. You responded that you would not recommend it due to the lack of info on side affects associated with it. The 2008 Aids conferance did some...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...Hello and thanks for your follow up.Milk thistle is touted to have beneficial effects for persons with liver disease, particularly hepatitis C. I'm principally concerned over Read more »

Milk Thistle Reprise and a Shocker

I have an identical twin (male) we're hemophilliacs and got HIV through blood products when we were boys at the same time. Both got advanced AIDS, then HAART saved us, we also have the same genotype of HepC (2b) I always took milkthistle, my...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
...thanks for your post.I'm happy to hear that you're doing well; sad to hear about the loss of your brother.Before concluding that milk thistle was the agent responsible for your liver health, remember that it's not a good idea to draw public... 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

Hi DocsIs it possible to use milk thistle with arv in general to support liver function. ciao
Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Edwin DeJesus, M.D., F.A.C.P.

...Milk thistle is a natural product derived from the seeds of a plant called Silybum marinum. It serves as an antioxidant which means that it 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

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 »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

A Warning About Milk Thistle and Drug Interactions

...The seeds of the milk thistle plant are commonly used to protect the liver from damage caused by hepatitis viruses as well as alcohol and other substances. Read more »
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