Ursodiol (Oral Route)Drug Information provided by: Micromedex
US Brand Names
Ursodiol is used in the treatment of gallstone disease. It is taken by mouth to dissolve the gallstones.
Ursodiol is used in patients with gallstones who do not need to have their gallbladders removed or in those in whom surgery should be avoided because of other medical problems. However, ursodiol works only in those patients whose gallstones are made of cholesterol and works best when these stones are small and of the “floating” type.
Ursodiol is also used to help prevent gallstones in patients who are on rapid weight-loss programs.
Ursodiol is also used in patients with cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis causes a patient's liver to have problems and not work properly.
Ursodiol is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, ursodiol is used in certain patients with the following medical conditions:
- Chronic liver disease
- Liver transplant (to help reduce the risk of rejection)