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Actigall Medication - Uses & Side Effects

Pronunciation: ur so DY all
Brand: Actigall, Urso, Urso Forte

URSODIOL (Actigall®, Urso®) is a bile acid. The drug helps dissolve gallstones in those people who cannot have gallbladder surgery or who do not need the surgery. Ursodiol may also be used with a procedural device that fragments the gallstone into smaller pieces; the procedure, known as lithotripsy, and it allows the drug to dissolve the stones more quickly. It is also useful for certain liver diseases of adults, children and infants; the drug reduces itching and other symptoms.

Actigall Dosage

  • For Dissolving Gallstones, the recommended daily dosage is 8 to 10 milligrams per 2.2 pounds of body weight, divided into 2 or 3 doses.
  • For Preventing Gallstones, the usual dose in people losing weight rapidly is 300 milligrams twice a day.

Uses of Actigall

  • Ursodiol is used to prevent and treat the formation of certain types of gallstones or for liver disease.
  • Ursodiol may also be used for other conditions those listed in this medication guide.

Side Effects of Actigall

Before taken Actigall medicine, you should discuss the side effects with your doctor. If any develop or change in intensity, then you should inform your doctor as soon as possible. Because only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Actigall. Side effects may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergy
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Bronchitis
  • Chest pain
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Vomiting

Warnings and precautions before taking Actigall

  • If you have liver disease, any allergies to any drugs, then you should tell your doctor.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have certain gallbladder/bile duct problems such as acute cholecystitis, cholangitis, biliary obstruction, gallstone pancreatitis.
  • This drug may make you dizzy. So you should use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any activity that requires alertness.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
  • Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Drug Interaction :-

If you are taking Actigall with certain other drugs, then it may be increased, decreased, or altered the effects of medicine. So it is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Actigall with the following:

  • Aluminum-based antacid medications (Alu-Cap, Alu-Tab, Rolaids, others)
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications, such as Atromid-S, Lopid, Mevacor, Questran, and Colestid
  • Estrogens such as Premarin
  • Oral contraceptives

After taken Actigall if you feel that overdose is suspected, then you should contact with your doctor immediately. Because it may lead to another serious effect. The most likely symptom of severe overdose would be diarrhea.

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