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Are There Effective Meds To Dissolve And Keep Away Gallstones
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
Is their any meds u can take to dissolve gallstones?Can gallstones b removed without removing the entire gallbladder?
Prescription: See your doctor to see if you are a candidate for medical therapy with something like actigall (ursodiol). Medications can take a few years to dissolve gallstones, does not work well for larger stones, and it does not work at all for calcified gallstones. Gallstones can also grow back unless you have surgery to remove the gallbladder & gallstones. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not as good: Agree with dr. Cattano. Stones but no symptoms-no rx. Symptoms-indication for surgery to remove gallbladder. Passage of stone can cause pain, blockage of ducts, infection, and inflammation of pancreas; potentially serious problems, even fatal. Had stone attack and dissolve takes time -up to 2 years; risk of attacks in that time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None reliably: Over the years, I've had a lot of people come into my office after having tried various and sundry ways to try to naturally dissolve the stones. They are in my office because they didn't work. Now, there may be a secret method that works that I won't know about because those people don't come to the surgeon--but I doubt it. ...Read more
Yes, to a point: Gallstones can be dissolved using chenodeoxycholic acid, but the treatment is long and expensive, and the stones return once treatment stopped. Home remedies like olive oil and lemon juice elixir do not work. It's best to ignore gallstones until they become symptomatic, when laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a generally safe procedure, is recommended. Good luck. ...Read more
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