Brand and Other Names: Carduus Marianum, Holy Thistle, Lady's Thistle, Legalon, Marian Thistle, Mary Thistle, Silibinin, Silybin, Silybum Marianum, Silymarin, St. Mary Thistle
Generic Name: milk thistel
Drug Class: Gastrointestinal, Herbals
What Is Milk Thistle and How Does It Work?
Milk Thistle is used to treat alcoholic liver disease, gallbladder problems, hepatic cirrhosis, hepatitis (chronic), hepatotoxicity (chemical/drug-induced), jaundice, pleurisy, prostate cancer, and spleen diseases, and used as an appetite stimulant.
Extensively studied; effective in treatment of cirrhosis, hepatitis, chemical- or alcohol-induced fatty liver.
Effective in mushroom (Amanita phalloides) poisoning, if treatment begins early.
Intravenous (IV) form of silibinin approved in Europe for Amatoxin poisoning.
Milk Thistle is available under the following different brand and other names: carduus marianum, holy thistle, lady's thistle, legalon, Marian thistle, Mary thistle, silibinin, silybin, silybum marianum, silymarin, and St Mary thistle.
Dosages of Milk Thistle:
140 mg silymarin taken orally three times per day
Hepatitis, Chronic Active
Silibinin constituent: 240 mg taken orally two times/day
Silymarin 70-80% extract: 420 mg/d taken orally
1 mL taken orally three times/day (Iberogast, Medical Futures, Inc)
Silymarin 200 mg taken orally three times/day in combination with conventional treatment
Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:
There are no dosage considerations for use of milk thistle.
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