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Actigall is a gastroenterology drug.
Actigall is a gastroenterology drug.
None: There is no effective homeopathic treatment for gallstones. In the past some prescribed medicines were used to dissolve stones, but they had many side effects and were not that effective. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy has replaced medical dissolution and shock wave treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bile induced IBS after gallbladder removal?? True?? Best med for diarrhea cholestyramine after gb removal ?
Yes but will resolve: After gallbladder surgery, some people have ongoing abdominal symptoms, such as pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea (postcholecystectomy syndrome). Following cholecystectomy, bile which was once stored in the gallbladder and released only after meals, now flows continuously into the intestines and cause irritation. Cholestyramine absorbs bile, but these symptoms will often resolve over time. ...Read more
Months: It's a slow acting medication in that regard and not 100% successful. It takes a few months, so stock up patience. ...Read more
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 by selecting a magic diet. This is entertainment, not science. A person with gallstones may have a relatively poor tolerance for fatty meals. That's about it. Thanks for asking. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 thirds are made by your liver. You diminish cholesterol very little compared to statins (if they can be tolerated). There is no other known dramatic effect by which Questran (cholestyramine) treats atherosclerosis ...Read more
Ursodiol is: sometimes effective in dissolving small cholesterol gallstones in a functioning gallbladder. But dissolution takes a while, many months to years, and side effects include liver toxicity. Given these limitations, cholecystectomy is usually advised for patients who have symptomatic gallstones and are acceptable surgical/anesthesia risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 block the egress of bile from the gallbladder, sometimes the symptoms overlap, but they are fundamentally different problems. Also some patients will have both reflux and gallstones, in which case Prilosec and other antacids may relieve reflux symptoms. ...Read more
Subsequent to cholescystectomy severe pains described as bile reflux after endoscopy. Questran (cholestyramine) prescribed?
Cholecystectomy: Your post says you have diagnosis and also prescription. So what is your question? ...Read more