What is Milk Thistle?

Category: Supplements

Most popular types: Natures Sunshine Milk Thistle Genceutic Naturals Raw Organic Milk Thistle Jarrow 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 28
Support liver health 38 31
Elevated liver enzymes 29 14
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 17 21
Increase effect of another treatment 4 2
Multiple sclerosis 4 1

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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
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 55

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Milk Thistle

Side effect Patients
Restless feeling in legs 1
Restlessness (akathisia) 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Milk Thistle

Dosage Patients
daily 6
500 mg daily 3
1,000 mg daily 3
175 mg daily 2
200 mg daily 2
250 mg daily 2
300 mg twice daily 2
600 mg daily 2
600 mg every other week 1
87.5 mg twice daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Milk Thistle

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 22
Personal research 9
Expense 8
Did not seem to work 7
Doctor's advice 4
Course of treatment ended 3
Side effects too severe 1
See all 48 patients who've stopped taking Milk Thistle

Duration

Currently taking Milk Thistle

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 6

Stopped taking Milk Thistle

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 19
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 12
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 27
Usually 18
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
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
$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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