Urso (Ursodiol) as the only medicine approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of primary biliary cirrhosis
This medicine can also be used for other medical purposes. The cases of its implementation are quite numerous. Some of them are mentioned in this article. Our article will be specifically devoted to one of them – treating of primary biliary cirrhosis.
Short description of primary biliary cirrhosis
Primary biliary cirrhosis passes chronically and causes inflammation of the bile ducts in the liver, damages them and, ultimately, destroys. Bile ducts conduct bile, produced by the liver, to the gallbladder and after to the small intestine. The bile takes part in digestion of fats and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in the small intestine. Chronic inflammation impairs the bile flow, the bile builds up in the liver, and, with the lapse the time, can injure liver tissue and cause even liver failure.
Treatment by Urso (Ursodiol) on the early stages
Our generic drug has the active ingredient ursodeoxycholic acid. It decreases the level of cholesterol in blood. Due to this function the bile flow in the bile ducts increases, assisting the liver to move the bile through the bile ducts and then to the small intestine. It is experimentally proved that on early stages of primary biliary cirrhosis Urso (Ursodiol) enhances the liver function, stopping the progression of the disease. There are numerous researches on the problem, involving other drugs, but at present none of them has shown the good effects, achieved with Urso (Ursodiol).
Some other illnesses, cured by the described drug are: cholelithiasis, hepatitis (chronic, acute viral), toxic (including alcoholic and medicamental) lesions of liver, fibrocystic disease, primary sclerosing cholangitis, atresia of internal gall tracts. When using hormonal contraceptives and cytostatic agents, ursodeoxycholic acid may be a helpful prophylaxis of liver diseases.
Before you order Urso (Ursodiol) at our online shop, consult with your doctor. Below you will find the main aspects you should pay attention to when using ursodeoxycholic acid.
Precautions before taking Urso (Ursodiol) by children, pregnant women, breast feeding mothers or women, planning pregnancy
The usage of the medicine by children has not been clinically tested. Possible harm and benefits cannot be estimated. Therefore it is not recommended in pediatrics.
Our generic drug has FDA pregnancy category B. This medicine is not supposed to cause harm to an unborn baby. There is no information if ursodeoxycholic acid penetrates into mother’s milk and can impact he health of a baby, fed by breast.
Generally the drug should be taken by pregnant and breast feeding women only if the expected benefit exceeds the possible harm.
The ingredients of Urso (Ursodiol) may interact with other drugs, what may result in unwanted side effects. There are also certain medications which worsen the absorbance of ursodeoxycholic acid in a human body. Among them are antacids. Pay due attention before using these medicines together. Care should be taken before combining the following drugs with Urso (Ursidiol): cholestyramine, antacids that contain aluminum, such as Rolaids, Mylanta, or Maalox, colestipol (Colestid), estrogens (birth control pills or hormone replacement).
Probable problems while using the medication
To avoid impairment, always tell your doctor about all the drugs you are taking now, undergo all prescribed procedures and strictly follow his prescription.
You may be allergic to one of the components of the drug. Immediately call emergency if you have one or several of these allergic symptoms: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat. Having felt this signs, do not lose time and seek for medical help at once, as allergy can lead to serious threats to your health.
Side effects may appear in one of the following forms: fever, chills, headache, body aches, flu symptoms, stomach pain, back pain, nausea, dizziness, tired feeling, diarrhea, constipation, runny or stuffy nose, cold symptoms. Such reactions may disappear as soon as your organism adjusts to the drug. In either case, consult your doctor before going on using the described drug.
Urso (Ursodiol) is prescribed after special consideration for people with: hypersensitivity to the compounds of the drug, variceal bleeding, hepatic encephalopathy, ascites or liver failure.
Scheduling and dosing
Pills are taken with plenty of water after meals or during meals without chewing.
Observe the schedule and follow the pharmacist’s advice as for the dosing of the drug. Avoid doubling the dose. Having missed the intake time for the pill, have another as soon as you remembered about it. Do not prolong or shorten the course of treatment.
This drug is not likely to be overdosed due to its functional peculiarity – the more is the dose, the less is the absorbance of the drug in the body. Diarrhea may be the sign of overdose. Should you overdose, search for medical help and stop taking the drug straight away.
The drug doesn’t require any special storage conditions. Heat, direct sunlight and moisture should be avoided. Keep at room temperature.
(Updated at Oct 4 / 2023)
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