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Review: could Milk thistle cause Kidney stones?

We study 397 people who have side effects while taking Milk thistle from FDA and social media. Among them, 5 have Kidney stones. Find out below who they are, when they have Kidney stones and more.

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Milk thistle

Milk thistle (latest outcomes from 548 users) has active ingredients of milk thistle. It is often used in liver function test abnormal.

Kidney stones

Kidney stones (latest reports from 106,095 patients) has been reported by people with multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, pain.

On Jul, 18, 2014: 397 people reported to have side effects when taking Milk thistle. Among them, 5 people (1.26%) have Kidney Stones. They amount to 0.00% of all the 106,066 people who have Kidney Stones on eHealthMe.

Trend of Kidney stones in Milk thistle reports

Time on Milk thistle when people have Kidney stones * :

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Gender of people who have Kidney stones when taking Milk thistle * :

FemaleMale
Kidney stones20.00%80.00%

Age of people who have Kidney stones when taking Milk thistle * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Kidney stones0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%40.00%0.00%0.00%60.00%

Severity of Kidney stones when taking Milk thistle ** :

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How people recovered from Kidney stones ** :

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Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Crohn's disease (2 people, 40.00%)
  2. Blood cholesterol increased (1 people, 20.00%)
  3. Type 2 diabetes mellitus (1 people, 20.00%)
  4. Hypothyroidism (1 people, 20.00%)
  5. Hepatic neoplasm malignant (1 people, 20.00%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Acidophilus (2 people, 40.00%)
  2. Multi-vitamin (2 people, 40.00%)
  3. Flora (2 people, 40.00%)
  4. Hydrochlorothiazide (2 people, 40.00%)
  5. Aspirin (2 people, 40.00%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (2 weeks ago):

  • Kreese on Jun, 11, 2011:

    I was diagnosed Type 2 diabetic late 2010 and started onn Medformin 250 mg twice a day. very strange that my blood sugars were normal afdter 1 week on the meds and continued to be normal even after having a none fasting blood sugar and A1C done, which were all normal as well.

    Recently I had kidney stones from hell and was rushed to the hospital after being on Medformin for 6 Months.

    Being in the pharmaceutcal field I am convinced that Medformin causes Kidney Stones. Drug companies do not report all side affects from clinical trials to the FDA, this I can tell you they use the data that is good for them to get their dug approved. I am sure that the numbers are higher for people developing kidney stones from Medformin.

    Reply

    Wil on Aug, 5, 2011:

    I have been on Metformin 250mg twice daily for about 7 months. My first ever kidney stone event occured at 5 months with a second event at 7 months. Metformin was the replacement for Avandia which I had taken for years without incident. I am 68 years old.

    Reply

    Kenneth Cruthis on Mar, 5, 2013:

    I am seventy years old and in pretty good health, I am borderline type two diabetic. My doctor prescribed Metphormin and within a week I was passing multiple small kidney stones and after about a week , still passing stones, then I quit for a couple of weeks and the stones subsided, then I started taking the drug again and the stones started back up again, now I have had a history of stones in the past but nothing as frequent as this. I started taking 2000 mg. of Calcium each day and haven't been bothered with stones in several years until I started taking Metphormin. This is the only Generic drug that I know of for non insulin dependent diabetes. I may try it again for another test. I have decided that my health is my reasonability with loosing weight, diet and exercise.

    Reply

    Wil on Mar, 6, 2013:

    UPDATE: August and September 2012 had Lithotripsy for two large stones. Also stopped Metformin after consultation with Dr and reevaluation of the need. next recheck due in May 2013

    Reply

    Jones60 on Jun, 18, 2014:

    I have my first ever stone after a 6 month stint on Metformin....Now Im wondering if I should stop taking this drug

    Reply

  • From this study (1 month ago):

  • Doctor wants to do a colonoscopy, but am not sure if that should be the next step after blood work. I don't believe that the doctor is really investigating the blood work results thoroughly. With my insurance, it is more than difficult to get a 2nd opinion.

    Also, I had a fecal occult blood test done recently and it was negative. The lab paperwork doesn't specify which type of fecal test it was, but I believe that there are more fecal blood tests that might yield more detailed results. For some reason(s), I do not feel that my body is absorbing nutrients the way that it should, but do not feel that I am bleeding internally.

    Reply

  • From this study (2 months ago):

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