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How do medications treat gallstones?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Medications are mainly used to treat gallstones when a person is unable to have surgery. This is usually because the person has another medical condition that makes surgery a risky procedure. Drugs that are used to dissolve gallstones work best when the stones are small. Still, it can take many months or years for the drugs to be effective.

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