What is Milk Thistle?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Jarrow Milk Thistle Natures Sunshine 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
Support liver health 49 33
General health 45 27
Elevated liver enzymes 33 14
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 17 21
Multiple sclerosis 5 1

Show all 38 reasons taken


  • 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 57

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
175 mg daily 2
1 capsule(s) twice daily 1
500 mg daily 1
175 mg three times daily 1
300 mg twice daily 1
800 mg daily 1
daily 1
twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Milk Thistle

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Other 22
Expense 10
Personal research 9
Did not seem to work 8
Doctor's advice 5
Course of treatment ended 4
Side effects too severe 1
See all 52 patients who've stopped taking Milk Thistle

Duration

Currently taking Milk Thistle

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Milk Thistle

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 20
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 13
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 30
Usually 17
Sometimes 5
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 49
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 37
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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