However some people do have allergic reactions to taking this herb, if you have abdominal pains either reduce the dosage or take Milk Thistle in another form, if it still doesn't work then stop the treatment immediately.
To work as effectively in dozens of clinical trials, milk thistle needs to be correctly prepared and standardized. Choose a supplement standardized to contain 70% to 80% silymarin, the active ingredient. This high concentration of silymarin is needed to ensure that a sufficient amount will reach the bloodstream and eventually the liver.
tincture (Avoid all tinctures with Alcohol especially with Liver Problems)
If you are taking the drug indinavir to treat advanced HIV or AIDS, consult your doctor before taking milk thistle, an herb which may decrease the effectiveness of this drug.
Don't try to self-diagnose or self-treat a liver problem. Such ailments require the attention of a medical professional who can closely monitor your care.
Avoid alcohol-based tinctures of milk thistle. Some of these contain considerable amounts of alcohol, which can damage the liver over time.
Milk thistle is widely accepted as safe, even for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
For centuries, dandelion root has been regarded as an effective, gentle laxative. The roots and leaves are most often used to treat liver conditions such as jaundice and hepatitis, and to encourage normal digestion. The yellow flower also contains beneficial compounds. In fact, all parts of the plant have high concentrations of vitamin A, as well as choline, a B vitamin that stimulates the liver. Dandelion is even being explored as a treatment for cancer and other conditions.
Dandelion may intensify the blood sugar-lowering effect of the diabetes drug, glipizide. Use with caution.
In high doses, dandelion can increase the diuretic effect of loop diuretics such as bumetanide and furosemide. This is also true for thiazide diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide and indapamide. Consult your doctor for guidance.
No serious side effects have been associated with the use of dandelion. However, if taken in large quantities (much more than commonly recommended) it may cause a skin rash, diarrhea, heartburn, or stomach discomfort. Stop using the herb if these reactions occur, and mention the problem to your doctor.