What is Ursodiol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: UDCA Ursodeoxycholic acid

Ursodiol, also known as ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA), is a bile acid, a substance naturally produced by the body and stored in the gall bladder. It is used to dissolve gallstones in patients who do not want surgery or cannot have surgery to remove gallstones.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Primary biliary cholangitis 58 23
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 14 11
Participate in clinical trial 6 6
Gallstones 4 2
Primary sclerosing cholangitis 4 2

Show all 27 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 3
Moderate 8
Mild 10
None 36

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ursodiol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Diarrhea 3
Chronic diarrhea 2
Heartburn 2
Itching 2
Abdominal bloating 1
Achiness 1

Show all 23 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ursodiol

Dosage Patients Percentage
500 mg twice daily 2
3 tablet(s) daily 1
250 mg daily 1
500 mg every other day 1
300 mg twice daily 1
900 mg daily 1
1200 mg daily 1
300 mg four times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Ursodiol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 8
Did not seem to work 8
Doctor's advice 8
Side effects too severe 5
Expense 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
See all 31 patients who've stopped taking Ursodiol

Duration

Currently taking Ursodiol

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Ursodiol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 43
Usually 10
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 38
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 1
$100-199 3
$50-99 3
$25-49 3
< $25 23
Not specified 24

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ursodiol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Allopurinol (Zyloprim) 1
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7 patient evaluations for Ursodiol

Apr 19, 2013 (Started Sep 09, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for liver transplant)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 27, 2011 (Started Dec 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 16, 2011 (Started Jan 26, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I stopped taking this when I stopped taking ceftriaxone
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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