What is Ursodiol?

Ursodiol is a prescription medication that's used to treat and prevent gallstones. It may also be used to treat a type of liver disease. Ursodiol is a bile acid that occurs naturally in the body. It works by dissolving cholesterol (which makes gallstones) and decreasing the liver's production of cholesterol and the intestine's absorption of cholesterol. When treating liver disease, it decreases levels of other bile acids that can be harmful to liver cells.
Ursodiol is a capsule that should be taken by mouth along with food or milk. Don't take antacids or bile sequestrants within an hour before or two hours after taking Ursodiol. Your dosage may depend on your condition and overall health status, but always take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Ursodiol is the generic name for the active drug contained in a variety of brand-name and generic medications, including Urso and Actigall. Talk to your doctor to determine whether Ursodiol is right for you.

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