Ursodeoxycholic Acid

How It Works:

Ursodeoxycholic acid is a bile acid, a substance naturally produced by the body that is stored in the gallbladder. It works by decreasing the production of cholesterol and by dissolving the cholesterol in bile so that it cannot form stones.

Side Effects:

worsening of gallstones., pasty stools.Rare: Rashes, Common: loose motion

Used For:

Ursodiol is a bile acid used to dissolve gallstones in patients who do not want surgery or cannot have surgery to remove gallstones. Ursodiol is also used to prevent the formation of gallstones in overweight patients who are undergoing rapid weight loss.

Instructions:

  • Take the drug with food to avoid stomach upset.
  • Avoid taking antiacids as they may decrease the effect of the drug. This drug may make you dizzy.
  • Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely.
Consult your doctor:
  • To test your liver function regularly every 4 weeks for the first 3 months of treatment. After this time, it should be monitored at 3 month intervals. 
  • When used in the treatment of PBC, in rare cases the symptoms may worsen at the beginning of treatment. If this happens, please speak to your doctor about reducing your initial dose.
  • When used to dissolve gallstones, your doctor should arrange for a scan of your gall bladder after the first 6-10 months of treatment.
Please inform your doctor immediately if you have diarrhoea as this may require a reduction in the dose or discontinuation of treatment.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is ursodeoxycholic acid a steroid/ antibiotic?No, Ursodeoxycholic acid is a bile acid, a substance naturally produced by the body that is stored in the gallbladder.
Q. Is ursodeoxycholic acid safe?Ursodeoxycholic acid is safe, if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. What is ursodeoxycholic acid/Udihep forte/Udiliv300/Udiliv150? How does it work?Ursodeoxycholic acid is a bile acid, a substance naturally produced by the body that is stored in the gallbladder. It works by decreasing the production of cholesterol and by dissolving the cholesterol in bile so that it cannot form stones.
Q. Does ursodeoxycholic acid/Udihep forte/Udiliv 300/Udiliv 150 cause weight gain/loss?No, it has no effect on weight.
Q. How does ursodeoxycholic acid works for primary biliary cirrhosis/obstructive cholestasis?Ursodeoxycholic acid works by decreasing the production of cholesterol and by dissolving the cholesterol in bile so that it cannot form stones.
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