Ursodiol tablet (Ursodeoxycholic Acid 150mg)
|Generic Name||Ursodeoxycholic Acid|
Udiliv 150mg contains the active ingredient Ursodeoxycholic Acid, naturally occurring bile acid, to treat different chronic liver diseases. It influences the composition of the bile, by which cholesterol gallstones can be dissolved. It decreases the cholesterol secretion into bile, as indicated by a decline in the cholesterol fraction of biliary lipids. It is likely that Ursodeoxycholic either decreases the intestinal absorption of cholesterol or increases its conversion to bile acids. The medicine effectively treats children aged 6 years to less than 18 years with hepatobiliary disorders associated with cystic fibrosis. A high dose of this gallstone dissolving agent is more effective and produce a greater reduction in cholesterol saturation index. When used orally, the medicine reduces cholesterol ratio to bile salt plus phospholipids in bile, causing desaturation of cholesterol saturated bile. The exact mode of action of the drug is still not known.
How to use (infographics and instructions)
Udiliv 150mg should be used under the doctor’s supervision. You should check with your doctor if you have any doubt about the usage of the medicine. Your doctor will advise you on the correct dose that suits your condition. Take the tablets orally with a glass of water. The recommended dose to dissolve cholesterol-rich gallstones in adults is three or four tablets daily. Take the dose with meals. However, the dose may vary depending on the weight of the patient. The dose for children is calculated according to the body weight and is 8 to 10 mg per kg of body weight per day. To elderly patients, doctors prescribe a dose depending on their body weight.
Precautions (warning, allergy, things to remember)
Talk to your doctor before using Udiliv 150 mg tablets. Use it under the guidance of a doctor. Your doctor may regularly conduct liver function tests every four weeks for the initial three months of the treatment. If you are being prescribed Udiliv for gallstones, your doctor will monitor the progress or the status of dissolution of your gallstones.
Please inform your doctor immediately if you have diarrhea as this might require a dose adjustment or even discontinuation of treatment. Excessive calorie intake and high cholesterol diet should be avoided while taking Ursodeoxycholic acid tablets. Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken other medications, including ciclosporin, rosuvastatin, ciprofloxacin, dapsone, oral contraceptives, or colestipol. Whether it is safe to take this medicine or not, your doctor will advise you. Let your doctor know if you are taking medicines obtained without a prescription, including vitamins or herbal supplements. Ask your doctor for advice if you are pregnant or breastfeed a baby. It is quite important to discuss the risks and benefits of using this medication during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Side Effects of Udiliv 150mg
Udiliv is generally well tolerated with few side effects. Minor weight gain is a common side effect of the gallstone dissolving agent. Like all medicines, Udiliv can cause side effects, although not everybody experiences them. Diarrhea is another common side effects reported with the use of Ursodeoxycholic acid. Let your doctor know if you have diarrhea, as this might require a reduction in dose or even treatment discontinuation in some cases. Other side effects include pasty stools, a red itchy rash, hardening of gallstones due to the build-up of calcium. If you have got any of these side effects, please speak to your doctor.