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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Were can I get ursodeoxycholic acid to flush out gallstones?

Were can I get ursodeoxycholic acid to flush out gallstones?

Any pharmacy: Ursodiol is a prescription medication available through any pharmacy. However, i would caution its use for treating gallbladder disease. It doesn't "flush" stones--it can dissolve small gallstones, but the stones will only return soon after the medicine is stopped. Gallbladder removal--cholecystectomy--remains the gold standard for treating gallbladder disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Crystal Twynham
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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone can occur in the gallbladder by concentration of bile with precipitation of crystals ...Read more


Dr. Kirpal Singh
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Could someone possibly flush a 3cm gallstone?

Could someone possibly flush a 3cm gallstone?

No: The duct that connects the gallbladder to bile duct is usually no bigger than 5 to 8 mm. The muscles the open and drains bile duct into duodenum is barely 2to 3 mm. By simple mathematics, u can not flush 30 mm stone through. Also, having a stone bigger than 20 mm, puts u at higher risk for cancer and fistula (abnormal connection) to bowel. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Kuhnke
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How can you flush gallstones?

How can you flush gallstones?

Not possible.: This is not a possibility, and , if it were possible, it would be a terrible idea. Gallstones which leave the gallbladder enter the bile ducts, and would cause jaundice, cholangitis, and pancreatitis. Do not believe said holistic or naturopathic treatments such as olive oil and lemon juice. If your gallstones are causing symptoms, see a surgeon. If not, nothing to worry about. Good luck ...Read more

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Dr. Tracy Berg
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Is there a natural way to pass gallstones or is best recommended to have surgery? Do these gallbladder flushes really work?

Gallstones: Once your biliary system makes gallstones it is ongoing. Passing the gallstones can be dangerous, if the stones get stuck in the duct system. I am not sure if "flushes" really work. However, avoiding fatty foods, increasing your hydration does help to control symptoms. Gallbladder removal with surgery is nearly always curative, as the stones originate in the gallbladder. Take friend to consult. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Do those liver flush treatments work for gallstones or is it bogus?

Do those liver flush treatments work for gallstones or is it bogus?

Cruel scam: They produce weird bowel movements that the operator tells the victim are gallstones. When the symptoms recur or new gallstones are found, the operator tells you that you did something bad to make them come back. ...Read more

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Dr. Darrell Herrington
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Can I do a liver cleanse & gallbladder/gallstone flush while i'm on terbafine hydrochloride?

Can I do a liver cleanse & gallbladder/gallstone flush while i'm on terbafine hydrochloride?

No such thing: Don't believe everything you read, and don't take any supplements, herbs, otc products, or vitamins without a specific recommendation by your doctor. You often hear also about colon flush or bowel cleansing - i had a patient almost die from this. The body mostly takes care of itself, and interfering with that process is dangerous unless under a doctor's management. ...Read more

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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My husband tried the olive oil & lemonjuice flush treatment.But theres still pain.Can u prescribe medicines that dissolves gallstones?He's 34, 83kg.

My husband tried the olive oil & lemonjuice flush treatment.But theres still pain.Can u prescribe medicines that dissolves gallstones?He's 34, 83kg.

Health fraud: Your husband was deceived by a phony remedy that produces weird bowel movements that the operators tell the victim are gallstones. Of course it didn't work. I'm glad he has a sensible wife like yourself. You're not going to dissolve gallstones taking stuff by mouth. If they need attention -- and many don't -- get with your physician and/or a good surgeon. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Druy
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My mom 68 yo. Is olive oil n lemon juice for flushing the gallstone could work for her ?

My mom 68 yo. Is olive oil n lemon juice for flushing the gallstone could work for her ?

No: Nothing has been found to dissolve gallstones. If she doesn't have gallbladder symptoms leave the gallbladder alone. If she has symptoms, the gallbladder should be removed if she is otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having gallstoned?

What are the symptoms of having gallstoned?

Pain: Often intermittent pain in the right upper abdomen especially after a fatty meal. There may be waves of crescendo type pain and nausea/ vomiting. If things get really ugly you may develop systemic signs of infection with fever. ...Read more

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Flushing (Definition)

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