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what is ursodeoxycholic acid? is it effective? thank you.

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Ursodiol: Ursodiol can dissolve gall stones when surgery is not an option and is also used to treat primary biliary cirrhosis which is an autoimmune disease that causes progressive damage to bile ducts with eventual damage to the liver.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

How can you explain ursodeoxycholic acid?

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Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 34 years experience
It is a bile acid: Primary bile acids are made in the liver and stored within the gall bladder. Urso is a secondary bile acid. It can be made by intestinal bacteria which process the primary bile acids. It is used for dissolving gallstones and for treating a disorder called primary biliary cirrhosis. Sometimes it may be used for other bile duct diseases.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Ursodeoxycholic acid== any side effects?

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Dr. Anne Larson
Hepatology 34 years experience
Very few ...: Ursodeoxycholic acid (urso) generally has very few side effects. It can cause stomach upset or diarrhea.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Help on actigall (ursodiol). Whats it for?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
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 monitored. The drug acts slowly, & gallstone may recur.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is actigall (ursodiol) used for?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
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 monitored. The drug acts slowly, & gallstone may recur.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is ursodiol used for?

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Dr. Timothy Mountcastle
Plastic Surgery 22 years experience
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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