Molecule Description

Silymarin is used as a supportive treatment for liver damage. It is derived from...
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Uses of Silymarin

Silymarin is used as a supportive treatment in chronic liver disease and cirrhosis.

Contraindications of Silymarin

When should one not use Silymarin

  • If you are allergic to silymarin
  • In patients less than 12 years of age.

Side effects of Silymarin

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach discomfort
  • Skin rashes

Precautions and Warnings of Silymarin


Can I take Silymarin during pregnancy?
Silymarin is not recommended for use during pregnancy unless your doctor considers it essential after assessing the benefits over risks.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Silymarin while breastfeeding?
Consult a doctor before taking Silymarin while breastfeeding as limited safety data is available.


Can I drive if I have consumed Silymarin?
Silymarin may make you feel dizzy, thus you need to be cautious while driving.


Can I consume alcohol with Silymarin?
Avoid consuming alcohol with Silymarin, as it may worsen the side effects.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have problems with your liver
  • You are suffering from a hormonal disorder
  • Silymarin should not be used in patients below 12 years of age.

Mode of Action of Silymarin

How Does It Work?

Silymarin prevents toxins from attaching to liver cells. It works as an antioxidant by lowering and avoiding the free radicals formation, unstable molecules in the body which can cause harm to the hea...
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Interactions of Silymarin

Interactions with other medicines

  • Some medicines can affect the way silymarin works or this medicine itself can reduce the effectiveness of other medicines taken at the same time.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines, supplements or herbals you are currently taking or might take to avoid any possible interaction.
  • Especially if you are taking medicines to treat your psychiatric illnesses, cancer, fungal infections, hormonal pills such as estrogen, progesterone or lipid-lowering medicines.

Content Details


Dr. Nikita Toshi

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: In which all dosage forms is Silymarin available?

A: Silymarin is available in the form of tabletS, capsuleS, syrup and suspension.

Q: Can Silymarin be used in children?

A: Silymarin is not recommended for use in children less than 12 years of age as no relevant data is available.
Last Updated on: 24 Nov 2021 | 10:17 AM (IST)

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