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Safety of Milk Thistle

Reasonable usage of this supplement (at reasonable doses) is probably safe for many people. However, some people are more likely to experience problems due to milk thistle than others. Therefore, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking milk thistle medicinally if you have:
  • Any chronic medical condition
  • Cancer (or a history of cancer)
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Is Milk Thistle Safe? for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)

What If I Take an Overdose?

It is not known what exactly to expect from an overdose of this supplement. If you think you or someone else may have taken too much milk thistle, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Milk Thistle Overdose for more information.)

Storage Methods for Milk Thistle

Refer to the label of your individual product for information on how best to store milk thistle supplements. Keep all medications and supplements out of the reach of children.
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