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What is Milk Thistle?

Milk Thistle is used for Hepatic ailment, Oxidative stress, Liver diseases, Gallbladder disease, Diseases of the liver, Inflammation and other conditions. This salt may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Detailed information related to Milk Thistle's uses, side-effects, reviews, questions, interactions, and precautions is as follows:

Milk Thistle Uses

Milk Thistle is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:
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Milk Thistle Working, Mechanism of Action and Pharmacology

Milk Thistle - Side-effects

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Milk Thistle - Precautions & How to Use

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Milk Thistle - Drug Interactions

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Milk Thistle - Contraindications

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Where to Buy Milk Thistle

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Milk Thistle - Frequently asked Questions

  • Is Milk Thistle safe to consume or apply when pregnant?
    Yes
  • Is Milk Thistle safe while breastfeeding?
    Yes
  • Can Milk Thistle be used for hepatic ailment and oxidative stress?
    Yes, hepatic ailment and oxidative stress are among the most common reported uses for Milk Thistle. Please do not use Milk Thistle for hepatic ailment and oxidative stress without consulting first with your doctor. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as common uses for Milk Thistle.
  • How long do I need to use Milk Thistle before I see improvement of my conditions?
    all4insure.ru website users have reported > 3 months and 1 month as the most common time it takes before they saw improvements in their conditions. These times may not be reflective of what you may experience or how you should use this medicine. Please consult with your doctor to check how long do you need to use Milk Thistle. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as time for effectiveness for Milk Thistle.
  • At what frequency do I need to use Milk Thistle?
    all4insure.ru website users have reported once a day and twice a day as the most common frequency of using Milk Thistle. Please follow your doctor's advice on how often you need to Milk Thistle. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as frequency of using Milk Thistle.
  • Should I consume Milk Thistle empty stomach, before food or after food?
    all4insure.ru website users have most commonly reported consuming Milk Thistle after food. However, this may not be reflective of how you should consume this medicine. Please follow your doctor's advice on how you should use this medicine. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as timing of using Milk Thistle.
  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?
    If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when using Milk Thistle medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Milk Thistle. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.
  • Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?
    Most medicines don't come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government's categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body's dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.
  • Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?
    Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.

Other important Information on Milk Thistle

Missing a dose

In case you miss a dose, use it as soon as you notice. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not use extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are regularly missing doses, consider setting an alarm or asking a family member to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.
References: 2, 3, 4, 5

Overdosage of Milk Thistle

  • Do not use more than prescribed dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause poisoning or serious side-effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed of Milk Thistle, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Bring a medicine box, container, or label with you to help doctors with necessary information.
  • Do not give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the same condition or it seems that they may have similar conditions. This may lead to overdosage.
  • Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.
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Storage of Milk Thistle

  • Store medicines at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze medicines unless required by package insert. Keep medicines away from children and pets.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so. Medication discarded in this manner may contaminate the environment. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for more details on how to safely discard Milk Thistle.
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Expired Milk Thistle

  • Taking a single dose of expired Milk Thistle is unlikely to produce an adverse event. However, please discuss with your primary health provider or pharmacist for proper advice or if you feel unwell or sick. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you have a chronic illness that requires taking medicine constantly such as heart condition, seizures, and life-threatening allergies, you are much safer keeping in touch with your primary health care provider so that you can have a fresh supply of unexpired medications.
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Dosage Information

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References

  1. C Mulrow, V Lawrence, B Jacobs, C Dennehy, J Sapp, G Ramirez, C Aguilar, K Montgomery, L Morbidoni, JM Arterburn, E Chiquette, M Harris, D Mullins, A Vickers, and K Flora. 21Milk Thistle: Effects on Liver Disease and Cirrhosis and Clinical Adverse Effects: Summary - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  2. - Accessed: July 14, 2016.
  3. - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  4. Cancer.Net (2014). - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  5. Schachter, S.C., Shafer, P. O. &; Sirven, J.I. (2013). - Accessed: May 28, 2016.
  6. National Institute of Drug Abuse (2010). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  7. eMedicinehealth (2016). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. December 12, 2011. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  10. The Center for Improving Medication Management and the National Council on Patient Information and Education. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  11. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. December 24, 2013. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  12. World Health Organization: - Accessed: July 1, 2016.
  13. Lyon, R. C., Taylor, J. S., Porter, D. A., et al. (2006) Stability profiles of drug products extended beyond labeled expiration dates. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences; 95:1549-60 - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  14. Harvard Medical School (2016). - Accessed: May 1, 2016.

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