What is Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic used for?
Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic is prescribed to dissolve gallstones in patients who require alternative treatment for surgery. This medication is a bile acid that is used to reduce cholesterol absorbed by the intestines. It is also used to treat primary biliary cirrhosis and certain liver diseases. Besides, it prevents gallstones in overweight people on rapid-weight-loss diets. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic?
The dosage of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What if you miss a dose of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic, seek medical attention immediately. The overdose symptom of this drug is diarrhea.
What other drugs could interact with Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic can interact with birth control pills, cholesterol-lowering medication, aluminum-based antacid medication, and female hormone such as estrogen.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic?
Like other medicines, Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic can cause side effects such as headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, back pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, joint pain, muscle pain, and sore throat. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are severe itching, persistent cough, and swelling of the face, lips, or tongue. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic?
Is it possible for me to take Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic?
What are the possible drug interactions of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic?
How will Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic work in my body?
How should Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists, or other health care professional. Before taking Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic, inform your doctor if you are suffering from biliary tract problems, liver problems, fistula, and pancreatitis. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. While taking this medicine, you may have to take periodic ultrasound examinations as advised by your doctor.
Ursodiol/Ursodeoxycholic should be stored at room temperature in a tightly closed container. Keep the medicine away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.