Ursodeoxycholic acid is a naturally-occurring bile acid. Small amounts are found in human bile.
It is used to dissolve gallstones caused by excess cholesterol in the gall bladder, for the treatment of a condition where the bile ducts in the liver become damaged (primary biliary cirrhosis).
Do not take if:
· you are allergic to ursodeoxycholic acid or to any of the other ingredients
· your gall bladder does not work properly
· you have gallstones that are visible on an x-ray
· you have acute inflammation of the gall bladder or biliary tract
· you have an obstruction of the biliary tract
· you suffer from frequent cramp-like pains in the upper abdomen (biliary colic).
Things to Tell Your Doctor. If you:
· are taking any blood cholesterol lowering agents such as clofibrate or medicines that contain oestrogen
· are taking or have recently taken any other medicines
· are pregnant or lactating mother
What to do if you missed a dose?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Most common side effects?
The most common side effects observed are:
Diarrhoea, hardening of gallstones, urticaria