Ursodiol is a bile acid that is naturally present in small quantities in our body. It is used in the treatment of gallstones and primary biliary cirrhosis.
Precautions and Warnings
Mode of Action
Uses of Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol
Gallstone prevention (in obese patients who are prone to develop gallstones)
Primary biliary cirrhosis
Contraindications of Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol
When should one not use Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol
Do not take this medicine if you have:
Blockage in the bile duct
Allergy to any of its contents
Acute inflammation (redness and swelling) of gallbladder or bile duct
An impaired contractility of gallbladder
An active gastric or duodenal ulcer
Side effects of Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol
Common side effects of this drug are:
Precautions and Warnings of Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol
Can I take Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol during pregnancy?
The effect of Ursodiol on the fetus is not known. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant. Your doctor will tell you about the use of Ursodiol after assessing the benefits of it over risks.
Can I take Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol while breastfeeding?
A small amount of medicine passes into breast milk. Limited information is available about its safety in breastfeeding, hence do not take this medicine unless considered essential by your physician.
Can I drive if I have consumed Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol?
No information is available on the ability to drive any vehicle or use machines. However, if you observe or experience any side effects, it is advised not to drive a vehicle or use machines. Contact your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
Can I consume alcohol with Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol?
Alcohol is better avoided as it may hinder the liver protective action of this medicine.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
You have severe stomach pain, nausea and vomiting after taking this medicine
You have liver or kidney disease
Mode of Action of Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol
How Does It Work?
It helps in dissolving cholesterol and prevents its production in the liver and absorption from the intestine, thereby preventing gallstones. It also decreases the level of elevated bile acids that may be harmful to the liver....
Interactions of Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol
Interactions with other medicines
Estrogen preparations reduce the efficacy of Ursodiol
Do not consume any acidity medication that contains aluminium or lipid-lowering compounds like Cholestyramine or Colestipol (which are bile acid sequestrants) an hour before or two hours after taking Ursodiol...
Interactions with food items
No information is available on interactions of Ursodiol when taken with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
Dietary Restrictions of Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol
No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking Ursodiol, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further details.
Dosage of Ursodeoxycholic Acid / Ursodiol
In case you overdose, you may experience diarrhea. You must contact your physician immediately or visit the nearest medical emergency centre.
Missed a Dose
If you miss a dose, take it once you recollect. If it is almost time for the next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with the routine dosage.
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