Ursodiol is a Ursodeoxycholic acid, which occurs naturally that is used to dissolve cholesterol gall stones and to treat cholestatic forms of liver diseases such as primary biliary cirrhosis. This medicine is linked to mild serum aminotransferase elevations in the treatment, instances of jaundice and worsening of liver disease in people with pre-existing cirrhosis.
Class of Drugs – A Bile Acid
Molecular Formula – C24H40O4
Molecular Weight – 392.6 g/mol
Working: This medication Ursodiol works by blocking the enzyme in the liver that produces cholesterol so as to decreases the production of cholesterol by the liver and the amount of cholesterol in bile. It can be used to reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine. It also decreases the concentration of cholesterol in bile and prevents the formation of gallstones. It promotes the dissolution of cholesterol-containing gallstones.
Uses: The mentioned medicine is used to dissolve certain types of gallstones and to prevent gallstones from forming in obese people who are losing weight rapidly. It can be used in treatment of certain type of liver disease like primary biliary cirrhosis.
Popular Brands and Dosages: The medicine is naturally occurring bile acid, which is available in various popular brands as mentioned below:
- Actigall: 250 mg, 300 mg, and 500 mg
- Urso: 250 mg, 300 mg, and 500 mg
- Urso Forte: 250 mg, 300 mg, and 500 mg
- Urso DS: 250 mg, 300 mg, and 500 mg
It is recommended to drink more water than usual while treating with this medicine.