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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 (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 »

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 or other liver detox with HIV meds?

I have recently been told that my liver is a little high, i think the enzymes or some other count, and I mentioned to my new dr here in Palm Springs that when I was in Austin TX before moving here, my Dr there wanted to take a liver biopsy as my...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
There is no data based on a well done study showing that milk thistle is effective and safe to use for liver related problems seen in the setting of treated HIV infection. There are anecdotal reports of benefit and some of my patients have taken it... Read more »

Is Milk Thistle Safe to Take with HAART?

I have heard of Milk Thistle's helpful effect on the liver and I am wondering if it's safe to take with HAART? Are there any contraindications? If not, do any of the experts recommend a dosage of Milk Thistle? Many Thanks!...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
According to several sources I reviewed, milk thistle is believed to be quite safe though some get diarrhea (which could theoretically decrease absorption of your HIV meds). A typical dose is 420 mg silymarin per day from herbal extract= 70-80%... Read more »
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Can I get HIV from milk? I read I can in People magazine.

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