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Milk Thistle And Fibrosis Of The Liver From Hepatitis C

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AIDS InfoNet

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 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 Read more »

Milk Thistle with ARV

I am taking lamivudine+Zidovudine+Efavirenz right now. Is it safe to take milk thistle along with these ARVs just to prevent any possible liver problems in the future?
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...evaluated," they reported. (Study reference: L Seeff, T Curto, G Szabo, and others. Herbal Product Use by Persons Enrolled in the Hepatitis C Antiviral Long-Term Treatment against Cirrhosis (Halt-C) Trial. Hepatology 47(2): 605-612. February... Read more »

Hep C and Hypoglycemia

I have been testing my liver ensyzmes regularly every 6 months since I found out I had Hepatits C in 1997. We are assuming that I contracted the virus from blood transfusions I received in 1983 and 1984. My liver function tests have consistently...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
...There are several comments to make:1. Fibrosure is one of several non-invasive tests to look for fibrosis. These tests perform well at the wide ends of the spectrum of disease. In other words, they are usually pretty accurate at defining 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 »
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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

...have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and antioxidant activity. What's more, some of the extracts have antiviral activity against hepatitis C virus (HCV). All of these properties have stimulated further interest and research in this herb.... Read more »
The Body PRO

Rapid Liver Fibrosis Occurring More Frequently Among HIV-Infected Men Newly Coinfected With Hepatitis C

...Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan. My presentation is describing accelerated liver fibrosis in the outbreak of acute hepatitis C in HIV-infected men, 1 which had not been previously described. These were otherwise pretty healthy men... Read more »
U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Hepatitis C and Complementary and Alternative Medicine: 2003 Update

... Introduction Key Points What is hepatitis C? What does conventional treatment for chronic hepatitis C consist of? Why do people use CAM for hepatitis C? How commonly Read more »
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Hepatitis C

Posted by saylomoon, 1 Reply
...Hola amigos, como sabran tuve una posible exposicion con agujas mi pregunta, si alguien sabe, el periodo ventana para hepatitis C, hasta cuantos anos o meses se amplia, ya que en unas paginas lei que eran 6 meses y en otras son 3 anos. tengo... Read more »

SEEKING PEOPLE WHO USED INTERFERON FOR HEPATIS C

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...HELLO ! MY LIVER DOCTOR WANTS ME TO USED INTEFERON FOR THE HEPATITIS C, BUT THE PROBLEM I HAVE IS THAT MY T-CELLS GO UP AND DOWN. MY T-CELLS ARE 325 NOW BUT THE LAST MONTH WERE 221 AND THE MONTH BEFORE Read more »

Hepatitis C

Posted by capeac, 1 Reply
...no tengo de nuevo hora para la consulta y me gustara saber que sabeis sobre la fiabilidad de los resultados en el test de la Hepatitis C. ?Es cierto que cabe la posibilidad de un falso negativo -ojo estoy hablando de la Hepatitis C no del VIH-... Read more »

Hepatitis C and Coinfection

Posted by statusCunknown, 1 Reply
...opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Shari and I am not infected with HIV, (this by shear luck only). I AM infected with Hepatitis C and the virus has caused severe damage to my liver. Over 5 million Americans in this country are... Read more »