Karsil or milk thistle, drug choice

Both drugs are dietary supplements, and not independent drugs. They are used as part of complex therapy and contribute to improving liver health.

Medicines contain the same active substance – milk thistle fruit extract. Both products are available in capsule form. “Karsil” is also available in the form of dragees, and “Milk thistle” in the form of tablets and oil.

Due to the fact that the agents have the same active ingredient, they have a similar effect: they protect liver cells from damage, contribute to their recovery, fight free radicals and toxins in the liver. They also stop the inflammatory processes in the body. The drugs are used for hepatitis, cirrhosis, toxic liver damage. The drug “Milk thistle” is also prescribed for patients with fatty degeneration of the liver and impaired fat metabolism in the body.

A significant difference between these drugs are contraindications – “Karsil” has a lot more. It can not be used for allergies to components, gluten intolerance (since wheat starch is included in the tablets) and metabolic diseases associated with the absorption of glucose and lactose (since tablets and capsules contain lactose). Also, “Karsil” is contraindicated in children under 12 years old. The second remedy has no age restrictions, and it can not be used only with individual intolerance to the substances that make up the composition.

Karsil is produced in Bulgaria and is, in fact, a foreign analogue of Milk Thistle, which is produced in Russia. But European medicines are of high quality, so if possible, you should choose “Carsil”.

It is necessary to always take care of liver health and not overload it, otherwise serious pathologies may arise in it. And if nevertheless diseases already exist, then special drugs are prescribed for their therapy. The most popular of them are the foreign “Karsil” and the Russian “Milk thistle” – which of them is more effective, and in which case to use each of them?


Hepatoprotective drug. It contributes to the normalization of the functional parameters of the liver, stimulates the synthesis of proteins and phospholipids in damaged liver cells, accelerates cell regeneration. It also has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It is noted that in patients with reduced body weight and poor digestibility due to liver diseases, digestion improves, appetite increases and weight gain begins. The effect of the drug is due to the content of silymarin.


The main active ingredient is milk thistle extract.

Release form – dragees and capsules.

Indications for use:

  • Cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic steatosis (hepatosis).
  • Chronic hepatitis of non-viral etiology.
  • The consequences of acute hepatitis.
  • Toxic liver damage.

It is used as part of complex therapy or as a prophylactic.

The tool can not be taken for allergies to the components that make up, celiac disease (gluten intolerance), lactase deficiency, glucose-galactose malabsorption, galactosemia and under the age of 12 years. It is not recommended to use during pregnancy and lactation.

It is made in Bulgaria. It is released without a prescription.

Milk thistle

Hepatoprotective agent, which also has a membrane stabilizing, antioxidant, regenerating and anti-toxic effect. Milk thistle improves digestion and promotes the normal absorption of fats. Milk thistle oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer and wound healing effects. The effect of the drug is due to the content of silymarin.

Milk thistle

The composition of the product is fruit extract or milk thistle oil. Release form – tablets, capsules, oil.

Indications for use:

  • Cirrhosis of the liver.
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Recovery therapy after infectious or toxic hepatitis.
  • Toxic liver damage (alcohol, medication, heavy metal salts).
  • Fatty degeneration of the liver.
  • Disorders of fat metabolism.

Contraindication is individual intolerance to the substances that make up the product. It is not recommended to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It is made in Russia. It is released without a prescription.

What to choose

Since these funds are dietary supplements, they have an over-the-counter vacation form. Therefore, it is important to choose the right tool.

As already mentioned, “Karsil” has a higher quality, and with cirrhosis, hepatitis (regardless of type), toxic liver damage, it is worth choosing it. But if this is not possible, then you can drink the course of the Russian “Milk Thistle”.

As for the price, it is a little different. For example, packing a dragee of 80 pieces of “Karsil” costs 350-400 rubles, and a package of tablets “Milk Thistle” – from 100 to 350 rubles, depending on the manufacturer.

Both drugs are not recommended for use during pregnancy and during breastfeeding, but in case of urgent need it is better to take “Karsil”. Before use, it is necessary to consult a doctor.

Milk thistle oil should be used for ulcerative lesions of the gastrointestinal tract – it helps to heal damage and envelops the gastric mucosa with a protective film. Also, the oil eliminates inflammatory processes in the digestive organs and in the liver.

It is worth noting that the oil is enriched with a unique fat-soluble antioxidant – selenopyran containing selenium. This substance helps to preserve the beneficial substances contained in the product, and protects it from oxidation and rancidity. The product also enhances immunity.

Before using this or that remedy, it is recommended to consult with a specialist. Self-treatment can lead to complications and side effects.

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