Urso is used to treat small gallstones in people who cannot have gallbladder surgery, and to prevent gallstones in overweight patients undergoing rapid weight loss and to treat primary biliary cirrhosis.
Urso is a bile acid that decreases the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver and absorbed by the intestines. It helps break down cholesterol that has formed into stones in the gallbladder. Urso also increases bile flow in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis. It is used to treat a group of conditions known as cholestatic liver diseases (e.g., primary biliary cirrhosis).
Take Urso exactly as prescribed by your doctor. To treat cholestatic liver diseases, the recommended adult dose is based on body weight. Your doctor will calculate a dose of 13 mg to 15 mg per kilogram of body weight per day, taken by mouth in 2 to 4 divided doses with food.
Before taking Urso you should talk with your doctor if you have liver disease, gallbladder problems (acute cholecystitis, cholangitis, biliary obstruction, gallstone pancreatitis, biliary-gastrointestinal fistula). This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive or perform tasks that require alertness. Limit alcoholic beverages. Avoid using antacids. They can make it harder for your body to absorb ursodiol.
You should not take Urso if you are allergic to ursodiol or to any of the ingredients of the medication. Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Possible side effect
Get emergency medical help if you have fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, tired feeling, back pain, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue, runny or stuffy nose, cold symptoms, headache, back pain, hair loss, increased thirst and urination, easy bleeding. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor.
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially: cholestyramine, colestipol, estrogens, antacids. Interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking.
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. Skip the missed dose if it is time for your next scheduled dose. Don't take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
If you think you have overdosed the medicine seek emergency medical help at once. The overdose symptom is diarrhea.
Store the medicine at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store the drugs in the bathroom. Keep all drugs away from reach of children and pets.
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