What is Milk Thistle?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Natures Sunshine Milk Thistle Jarrow Milk Thistle Genceutic Naturals Raw Organic Milk Thistle

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See also: Simepar

Milk thistle is believed to have protective effects on the liver and improve its function. It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 44 26
Support liver health 39 32
Elevated liver enzymes 28 13
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 17 21
Increase effect of another treatment 4 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 55

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Milk Thistle

Side effect Patients Percentage
None 1
Restless feeling in legs 1
Restlessness (akathisia) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Milk Thistle

Dosage Patients Percentage
500 mg daily 2
300 mg twice daily 2
daily 2
1 capsule(s) daily 1
600 mg every other week 1
175 mg daily 1
87.5 mg twice daily 1
200 mg daily 1
250 mg daily 1
175 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Milk Thistle

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 21
Expense 9
Personal research 9
Did not seem to work 7
Doctor's advice 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Currently taking Milk Thistle

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Milk Thistle

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 29
Usually 17
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 4
Not at all hard to take 47
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 4
< $25 36
Not specified 16
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5 patient evaluations for Milk Thistle

Sep 1, 2011 (Started Jul 19, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for Support nutritional health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 250 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 5, 2010 (Started Jan 30, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for elevated liver enzymes)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Daily
Advice & Tips: I started taking Milk Thistle 1000mg 2 x's a day. My liver enzymes were 3 x's normal and getting worse with every lab test. After I started the Milk Thistle, my liver enzymes decreased by half after 2 months. I had another lab draw in June and my enzymes have NEVER been better. I am now taking the Milk Thistle 4 x's a week. If my lab results go up, I'll go back to 1 x daily.

  • 1 helpful mark

Sep 1, 2009 (Started Sep 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Protecting my Liver)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 175 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Liver enzymes are back to normal
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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