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What are the side effects of milk thistle?

what are the side affects of milk thistle? My doc thinks I have sick sinus (not conclusive) and I am trying to eliminate anything that could cause brady or ectopic arrhythmias - list: Diovan with diuretic, Vit C, Pravastatin 20mg, mvt, I was concerned about the diuretic so also take B-complex and COQ10, milk thistle (due to pravastatin) Am I over doing these supplements? don t smoke only 1-2 glasses wine 1-2x week I have given up this by the way Stress is normal with my job sorry to be so vague but I thought I would just start somewhere - intake of meds first then lifestyle I guess
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Milk thistle is LIKELY SAFE for most adults. Milk thistle sometimes causes a laxative effect. Other less common side effects are nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, intestinal gas, bloating, fullness or pain, and loss of appetite.

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Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of milk thistle during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Allergy to ragweed and related plants: Milk thistle may cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae plant family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking milk thistle.

Hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids: Extracts from milk thistle PLANT might act like estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use these extracts. In contrast, the more commonly used milk thistle SEED extracts do not seem to act like estrogen.

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