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Ursodeoxycholic acid

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

Ursodeoxycholic acid - What is it for

This medication is used for the treatment of gallstones. It is also used for the treatment of some forms of liver disease.

Ursodeoxycholic acid - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Ursodeoxycholic acid cause?

  • Common side effects of Ursodeoxycholic acid include diarrhoea, abdominal discomfort, nausea, headache, muscle or joint pain, and paleness. If these symptoms are persistent or if they are bothering you, please consult your healthcare professional for advice.
  • Should other unusual side effects occur, are persistent, or cause distress, please consult your healthcare professional.

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Ursodeoxycholic acid, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your healthcare professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients of this medication.
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies.
  • You have other conditions or a history of other conditions of the gastrointestinal tract or liver.

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

  • Certain drugs may decrease the effectiveness of this drug when taken at the same time. This includes some antacids. Separate administration by at least two hours.
  • Ursodeoxycholic acid may decrease the effect of other drugs such as Cyclosporine. Inform your doctor if you are taking other medications.

Ursodeoxycholic acid - Dosage and How to Use

How should Ursodeoxycholic acid be used?

  • Do not stop taking your medication without checking with your healthcare professional.
  • Take your medication with or after food.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

​If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. Then take your next dose at the usual time. Do not take two doses to make up for the missed dose.

What should I do if I overdose?

Ursodeoxycholic acid - Handling

How should I handle Ursodeoxycholic acid safely?

Ursodeoxycholic acid - Storage

How should I store Ursodeoxycholic acid?

Keep away from children;#Keep in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight;#

How should I dispose of Ursodeoxycholic acid safely?

​Pack this medication into a black trash bag and seal it tightly before throwing into the rubbish chute or bin.

Ursodeoxycholic acid - Additional Information

  • Updated on Sunday, January 31, 2021
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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