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Generic: ursodiol
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This medicine is also useful for certain liver diseases of adults, children and infants
               



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What is this medicine?

URSODIOL (ER soe dye ol) helps dissolve gallstones in patients who cannot have or who do not need gallbladder surgery. This medicine is also useful for certain liver diseases of adults, children and infants.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • blocked bile duct or fistula
  • pancreatitis
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to ursodiol, bile acids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • antacids
  • cholestyramine
  • clofibrate, fenofibrate, or gemfibrozil
  • colesevelam
  • colestipol
  • female hormones, including estrogens or birth control pills

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may take months of therapy to get the right response. Your doctor or health care professional will schedule tests to see if your gallstones are dissolving or if your liver problem is improving. You may also need blood work done while you are taking this medicine to check that your liver is working properly. Report continued or worsened nausea, vomiting, or abdominal pain to your doctor.

Antacids may interfere with the absorption of this medicine. Take this medicine at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after an antacid dose.

               
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