Information about Silymarin

Silymarin Uses

Silymarin is used in the treatment of Chronic liver disease and Liver cirrhosis.

How Silymarin works

Silymarin is obtained from milk thistle seeds (Silybum marianum). It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that protect liver cells from harmful effects of toxic chemicals (called free radicals) as well as some other medicines.

Common side effects of Silymarin

Back pain, Bloating, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Hair loss, Indigestion, Itching, Loss of appetite, Nausea, Rash, Stomach pain, Upset stomach
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Frequently asked questions for Silymarin


Q. What is Silymarin? What is it used for?

Silymarin belongs to a class of medicines known as hepatoprotective medicines which means that they protect the liver. It is used to treat chronic (long-standing) liver diseases. It is also used to treat severe cases of liver disease known as cirrhosis of the liver. Silymarin accelerates alcohol clearance from the blood and therefore also helps in the treatment of fatty liver due to alcoholism.

Q. How does Silymarin work for the liver?

Silymarin is obtained from milk thistle seed (Silybum marianum). Silymarin works by increasing the process of alcohol elimination from blood and tissues. This provides faster recovery from alcohol intoxication and as a result protects the liver from damage against harmful chemicals known as free radicals. Thereby, it helps to improve overall health of the liver.

Q. How to use Silymarin?

Silymarin should be taken with food. Take it in the dose and duration advised by the doctor. The dose will depend on the condition you are being treated for and your total body weight. It is advised to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to get the maximum benefit of Silymarin.

Q. What are the side effects of Silymarin?

The most common side effects are nausea, upset stomach, loss of appetite, stomach or back pain, hair loss, dizziness, itching and diarrhea. However, these effects are not observed in every patient. If you are worried about them or they do not go away, inform your doctor. If you have problems with diarrhea your doctor may reduce the dose or stop the treatment. Drink enough water or fluids to stay hydrated in case of severe diarrhea.

Q. Can Silymarin be used in pregnancy and lactation?

Silymarin may not be safe to be used in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Please consult your doctor before taking Silymarin if you are planning to conceive, pregnant or breastfeeding to prevent harmful effects on the baby.


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