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Are there prescription medications available for gallstones?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Prescription medications are available to treat cholesterol gallstones, but they are only partially effective. They are usually prescribed when a person is unable to have surgery to remove the gallbladder. The drugs ursodiol and chenodiol work to dissolve small gallstones, but it may take many months or years for the drugs to work. The drugs also have some side effects. Unfortunately, the gallstones usually return within five years.

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