Generic Name : Ursodiol Pronunciation : ERR-so-DIE-ole Therapeutic Classification : Miscellaneous Gastrointestinal Products
International- Actigall and Urso. Why it is prescribed (Indications) :
This medication is a bile acid, prescribed for dissolving gallstones. It helps to dissolve the stone by reducing the amount of cholesterol released by liver into bile. When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): Hypersensitivity.
Dosage & When it is to be taken :
The recommended dose for adults is 8-10 mg/kg/day split into 2 or 3 doses. How it should be taken :
It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with food or milk. Warnings and Precautions :
* Caution should be exercised in patients with history of inflammation of the bile duct, gallbladder pancreas, esophageal bleeding, who are taking other medications, children, during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Side Effects :
Most Common - Diarrhea, elevated liver enzyme, elevated blood glucose, peptic ulcer, skin rash, decrease in platelets.
Gastrointestinal - Abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, nausea, vomiting.
General - Uneasiness, swelling in th extremities, fever.
Metabolic - Facial swelling, hives, angioedema and laryngeal edema.
Musculoskeletal - Muscle pain.
Central Nervous system - Dizziness, headache.
Respiratory - Cough.
Skin - Hair loss, itching, rash.
* Avoid excess dosage. Storage Conditions :
Store at 20°C to 25°C.
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