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Ursodeoxycholic acid

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Bile Acid Ursofalk® Adult, Children

Ursodeoxycholic acid - What is it for

Ursodeoxycholic Acid is a naturally occurring bile acid, small amounts are found in human bile. It is commonly used to help in bile excretion in infants with biliary atresia or parenteral nutrition-induced cholangitis. It may also be used to treat or prevent gallstones in adults.

Ursodeoxycholic acid - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Ursodeoxycholic acid cause?

Common side effects that may occur are:

  • Soft or loose stools. Drink enough liquids to replace your fluid and salt balance.
  • Headache or/ and dizziness

Inform your doctor if the side effects are persistent or bothersome.

Rare but serious side effects may manifest as the following symptoms. Contact your doctor as soon as possible, if you notice any of the following:

  • Severe right-sided upper abdominal pain during the treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis
  • Skin rash

Inform your doctor if you notice any other unusual symptoms.

Always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if you have any problems or difficulties during or after taking Ursodeoxycholic Acid.

Before taking Ursodeoxycholic acid, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Ursodeoxycholic acid?

Ursodeoxycholic acid - Dosage and How to Use

How should Ursodeoxycholic acid be used?

  • Ursodeoxycholic Acid can be taken up to three times a day. The dose is usually determined based on patient’s body weight and the condition that is being treated for.
  • Ursodeoxycholic Acid should be taken with food.
  • For oral capsule, swallow the capsule whole with water.
  • For oral suspension, shake well before using. Use a medicine spoon or syringe provided to measure your medicine. Do not use household spoons as they may not be accurate.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you forgot to take the medication, take the dose as soon as you remember and then continue to take it at the usual timing. Otherwise, if it is close to the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the usual time. Do not double or increase the dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Ursodeoxycholic acid - Handling and Storage

How should I handle Ursodeoxycholic acid safely?

How should I store Ursodeoxycholic acid?

Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#Store at room temperature;#

How should I dispose of Ursodeoxycholic acid safely?

Ursodeoxycholic acid - Additional Information

Some medication may reduce its efficacy or increase its toxicity. Do not give your child any other medications or herbal products without first consulting your doctor.

  • Updated on Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

    The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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