What is Ursodiol used for?
Ursodiol is used to prevent gallstones and dissolve and treat small gallstones in people that are experiencing accelerated weight loss or primary biliary cirrhosis (a liver disease).
Ursodiol is a bile acid that helps to decrease the levels of cholesterol that is produced and absorbed by the body, It can also increase the flow of bile that manages primary biliary cirrhosis.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ursodiol
Your doctor will provide instructions on how to take Ursodiol and the packing comes with a drug information leaflet, with a list of side effects, to review before taking it. It is taken with food and the tablet is swallowed whole with water. Broken or damaged tabs may have an unpleasant taste.
Ursodiol works best when it is taken consistently (preferable around the same time every day). If you miss a dose you can take it when you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose you can skip the missed one and take your next dose on schedule. Too much medication at once can lead to an increased risk of side effects.
It may take months to notably dissolve gallstones, Inform your doctor if you do not notice results or if your condition worsens. Store this out of reach of children and animals. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects if you find them too unpleasant. Seek emergency medical attention if they are serious.
The following drugs are known to interact with Ursodiol. This is not an exhaustive list of all possible drug interactions. It is important to disclose all your current medications, (including prescription medications) with your doctor to prevent allergic reactions or adverse interactions. They may have to determine if the interaction is worth the benefit of using both drugs or if your therapeutic plan needs to be changed.
- aluminum hydroxide
- aluminum carbonate
Ursodiol Has known side effects. This is not a complete list and includes frequently reported adverse events. If you experience any signs and symptoms of serious side effects when taking Estradot Patch, talk to your doctor or emergency care.
Report side effects with Ursodiol to your doctor. If you find them unmanageable call your doctor or pharmacist for medical advice about side effects.
- large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
- lower back or side pain
- slow or irregular breathing
- belching bloating or swelling of face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet
- difficult, burning, or painful urination
- redness of the skin
- chills or fever
- muscle aches
- loss of voice
- sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or in the mouth
- Black, tarry stools
- sore throat or swollen glands
- difficulty with moving
- yellow eyes or skin
- bloody or cloudy urine
- body aches or pain
- hives or welts
- severe or continuing stomach pain
- pinpoint red spots on the skin
- runny nose
- unusual tiredness or weakness
- unpleasant breath odor
- stomach discomfort or upset
- chest pain
- Clay-colored stools
- Acid or sour stomach
- trouble sleeping
- loss of appetite
- frequent urge to urinate
- rapid weight gain
- tingling of the hands or feet
- severe nausea
- unusual weight gain or loss
- general feeling of discomfort or illness
- Worsening psoriasis
- stomach pain
- tightness in the chest
- Bladder pain
- difficulty with swallowing
- unusual bleeding or bruising
- skin rash or itching over the entire body
- dark urine
- Back pain
- fast heartbeat
- muscle or bone pain
- pain, swelling, or redness in the joints
DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice provided by a certified medical professional. Any prescription drug use needs to be approved by your doctor. Do not avoid or ignore any advice provided by your physician in favor of what is written here. Always consult with a pharmacist or doctor before taking this medication and seek counselling if you have any questions or concerns about your medication.