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See Available Brands of Silymarin in India

P - Contraindicated in pregnancy
L - Contraindicated in lactation

Silymarin, an antioxidant flavonoid complex derived from the herb milk thistle (Silybum marianum), has long been used as a liver tonic. Two new studies show that it can reduce insulin resistance (the underpinning of adult-onset diabetes, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia) and diabetic complications. A third study reports that it may have some anti-cancer benefits as well.



Silymarin is an active principle from the fruit of Silybum marianum, which contains a mixture of flavonolignans. It reduces the turnover of membrane phospholipids and stabilises the cell membranes of hepatocytes. It has potent antioxidant action and prevents lipid peroxidation.

Silymarin Indications / Silymarin Uses

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Silymarin Adverse Reactions / Silymarin Side Effects

Occasional laxative effects. Abdominal bloating, diarrhoea, flatulence, loss of appetite, anorexia, nausea, stomach upset.


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Special Precautions


Other Drug Interactions

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Other Interactions

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Hepatic diseases
Adult: 140 mg bid/tid.


Should be taken with food. (Take after meals.)

List of Contraindications

Silymarin and Pregnancy

Contraindicated in pregnancy

Silymarin and Lactation

Contraindicated in lactation

Silymarin and Children

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Silymarin and Geriatic

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Silymarin and Other Contraindications

Hypersensitivity, pregnancy, lactation


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Lab interference

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