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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Actigall (Overview)

Actigall is a gastroenterology drug.


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What is actigall (ursodiol)?

What is actigall (ursodiol)?

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.

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Actigall (Overview)

Actigall is a gastroenterology drug.


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Bro has 16mm gallstone, the doctor can't rectify if it's cholesterol stones or pigment ones. Can he use ursodiol or actigall or urso medication and see if they dissolve instead of gallbladder removal?

Bro has 16mm gallstone, the doctor can't rectify if it's cholesterol stones or pigment ones. Can he use ursodiol or actigall or urso medication and see if they dissolve instead of gallbladder removal?

Risk of gallstones: Gallstones remain asymptomatic or cause life threatening infection and obstruction. Docs recommend gallbladder removal when gallstones are diagnosed and patient has symptoms, bloating, belching, pain. The risk/benefit analysis favors gallbladder removal before life threatening complications occur. Dissolving a stone is reserved for patients too high risk for surgery. Be well.

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What is actigall (ursodiol) used for?

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.

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My friend is having an allergic reaction to ursodiol. Is there another effective medication she can take? Our something to counter act it?

My friend is having an allergic reaction to ursodiol. Is there another effective medication she can take? Our something to counter act it?

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 to treat bile sludge and primary biliary cirrhosis. There is urso-forte alarger dose version of ursodiol. But there are no substitutes.

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How long does it take actigall (ursodiol) to clear biliary sludge?

How long does it take actigall (ursodiol) to clear biliary sludge?

Months: It's a slow acting medication in that regard and not 100% successful. It takes a few months, so stock up patience.

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What is ursodiol used for?

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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What is actigall (ursodiol)?

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.

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What is actigall (ursodiol) used for?

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.

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Help on actigall (ursodiol). What's it for?

Help on actigall (ursodiol). What's it for?

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.

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What is the medicine actigall (ursodiol) used for?

What is the medicine actigall (ursodiol) used for?

Actigall: It ia approved for condition called PBC, but used for many liver diseases off label

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Does the medicine ursodiol reverse fatty liver?

Does the medicine ursodiol reverse fatty liver?

This does: Read these 2 short articles to revert fatty liver: 1. https://www. Kaushikmd. Com/fatty-liver-on-a-rise-with-diabetes-and-obesity-epidemics/ 2. https://www. Kaushikmd. Com/get-started/

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How long does it take actigall (ursodiol) to clear biliary sludge?

Months: It's a slow acting medication in that regard and not 100% successful. It takes a few months, so stock up patience.

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Will Ursodiol stop my psc from progressing and keep me from feeling so fatigued? So far I'm not feeling any better.

Will Ursodiol stop my psc from progressing and keep me from feeling so fatigued? So far I'm not feeling any better.

There is no: Proven benefit of ursodeoxy cholic acid in PSC other than possibly improving liver enzyme abnormalities. It does not improve symptoms, long term risk for progression, death or need for liver Transplant. It does in PBC, a different condition. Google "aasld guidelines PSC" for a detailed review of the disease.

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Hi my sgot & spgt are 67, 97. I use to consume 180ml of vodka n daily basis. Should I take ursodiol 300? Please advice

No: The treatment for mild alcoholic hepatitis involves only abstinence from alcohol - and possibly diet as well, including modest amounts of protein and adequate vitamins, including at least 50 mg of b1 (thiamine) and 0.4 mg of Folic Acid per day. How long after stopping alcohol were your liver tests done. It should be repeated in 3-6 months, together with an albumin/inr. Get into a support system.

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Are some procedure available (non surgical procedure) which can be utilised for removal of gb stone. Do medicine like ursodiol melt gb stone.?

Are some procedure available (non surgical procedure) which can be utilised for removal of gb stone. Do medicine like ursodiol melt gb stone.?

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. Specialist or a hepatologist (liver specialist) can give more details, but it sounded like only some kinds of small gallstones could be dissolved while other kinds could not; and stones could form again if the diseased gallbladder remained.

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I am 53, I have a 150 mm gallstone, never had one before. Is Actigall (ursodiol) treatment a good option for my condition?

I am 53, I have a 150 mm gallstone, never had one before. Is Actigall (ursodiol) treatment a good option for my condition?

Yes, but...: Why bother, when the stones may recur after dissolution? If you are dead-set against gallbladder removal, or have medical contraindications to the surgery, then stone dissolution therapy is an option. Can use oral cheno or urso) which is costly and works about 1/2 the time over 6 months (poor candidates have calcified stones), or direct infusion of mtbe into the biliary tree. 150 mm=6 inch stone?!

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My friend is having an allergic reaction to ursodiol. Is there another effective medication she can take? Our something to counter act it?

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 to treat bile sludge and primary biliary cirrhosis. There is urso-forte alarger dose version of ursodiol. But there are no substitutes.

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I'm worried of breastfeeding if I take ursodiol. Should I undergo gall bladder surgery instead?

I'm worried of breastfeeding if I take ursodiol. Should I undergo gall bladder surgery instead?

Surgery if indicated: Assuming you have gall bladder stones that are giving you trouble, a laparoscopic cholecystectomy can be done by a general surgeon in a day care surgical center.

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Ursodiol (Definition)

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