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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Help on actigall (ursodiol). Whats it for?

Help on actigall (ursodiol). Whats 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. ...Read more

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Does the medicine ursodiol reverse fatty liver?

Does the medicine ursodiol reverse fatty liver?

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 fatty liver disease you have, since there are 2 types. There are positive results in reduction of fatty liver and some improvement of liver enzymes. Stay on board with your provider and make sure you are maintaining a low fat, well balanced diet. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Ursodiol (Definition)

Ursodiol ...Read more