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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
21 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Bile acid: That dissolves gall stones or slows them from forming. It has never been shown to be effective long term.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Actigall/ursodiol is: A bile acid used to dissolve non-calcified gallstones measuring less than 20 millimeters (about 3/4 inch) in diameter. Liver function must be monitore ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Actigall/ursodiol is: A bile acid used to dissolve non-calcified gallstones measuring less than 20 millimeters (about 3/4 inch) in diameter. Liver function must be monitore ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Actigall/ursodiol is: A bile acid used to dissolve non-calcified gallstones measuring less than 20 millimeters (about 3/4 inch) in diameter. Liver function must be monitore ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience in Gastroenterology
Good luck ...: Dissolution therapy with oral bile salts is slow & prolonged (6-12 months) and often unreliable (low efficacy unless stones are pure cholesterol stone ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nikunj Shah
48 years experience in Hepatology
Actigall: It ia approved for condition called PBC, but used for many liver diseases off label
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience in General Surgery
Yes but will resolve: After gallbladder surgery, some people have ongoing abdominal symptoms, such as pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea (postcholecystectomy syndrome). Fol ... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Poling
16 years experience in Pharmacology
Ursodiol: There are only small studies that have been done in regards to ursodiol's effectiveness in treating fatty liver disease. I am not sure which type of ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Months: It's a slow acting medication in that regard and not 100% successful. It takes a few months, so stock up patience.
A 65-year-old female asked:
Dr. Budi Bahureksa
30 years experience in Cardiology
Yes: Questran (cholestyramine) can help to reduce excess fat in the blood and organs including liver.
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
As for anyone: Many people have gallstones and most give little or no trouble. You'd get the idea from reading the internet that most diseases can be made to improve ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Poor efficacy: Meds are used only when surgical intervention would be a direct threat to the person's life--usually someone already critically ill in the icu--since ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Rubin
46 years experience in Cardiology
Questran (cholestyramine): Lowering cholesterol in the past.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sergio Schabelman
47 years experience in Cardiology
Very little effect: Basically it diminishes absorption of fat in the gut. Remember that only one third of your blood cholesterol is absorbed by the intestine and two thir ... Read More
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A 80-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Earle
30 years experience in General Surgery
Not really: It depends on what you consider effective. These types of medications work very slowly, and the stones will return. Best treatment is surgical removal ... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
27 years experience in Gastroenterology
Very unlikely: Ursodiol gets it name from urso meaning bear. This is just another form of bile and allergic reactions are extremely unlikely. Ursodiol is mainly used ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience in General Surgery
Not per se: Prilosec is an antacid, it decreases the formation of acid and reduces symptoms such as reflux or heartburn. Gallstones cause symptoms when they bloc ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Venkata Chilakapati
22 years experience in Cardiology
Cholecystectomy: Your post says you have diagnosis and also prescription. So what is your question?
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience in General Surgery
Laparoscopic: Most all gallbladder surgery is done laparoscopic now. Open surgery may be needed for emergency conditions. Single port laparoscopic surgery is being ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience in General Surgery
IT won't help: If gallstones don't bother you, nothing needs to be done. If you're having biliary colic and fatty food intolerance, you need to have the gb removed. ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience in Urology
Here are some...: The cause and treatment for kidney stone and gallstone are entirely not the related. There are 3 ways of treating kidney stones including ESWL, percu ... Read More
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A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Kuhnke
39 years experience in General Surgery
Possibly: Percutaneous cholecystostomy is a tube placed through the skin into the gb for drainage. Thbc is a tube passed through the skin, the liver, and into t ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Callahan
28 years experience in Cardiology
Better lipid med: It depends is the best answer. These are both good meds depending on the type of elevated lipid. Cholestyramine is used to lower triglycerides and o ... Read More
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A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Not very successful: There were medicines made for dissolving gallstones, but they were not very successful, so doctors recommended removing the gall bladder. A G.I. Speci ... Read More
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