URSODEOXYCHOLIC ACID 150 mg
Manufacturer: Balkan Pharmaceuticals
Active Ingredient: ursodeoxycholic acid
About ursodeoxycholic acid
Ursodeoxycholic acid is a naturally occurring bile acid. It is only available on a doctors prescription.
What is it for?
It is used for the treatment of some liver conditions. This may include diseases such as biliary atresia (blockage of the bile duct) and cholestasis of cystic fibrosis (occurs when bile flow is restricted). It is also used in the treatment of gallstones.
How to take this medicine
It is important that this medication is taken only as directed and is not given to other people.
The dose is best given with food as this improves the absorption of the medication. It may be given up to three times a day.
If using the suspension, shake the bottle well before use.
What to do if a dose is missed
If you miss a dose of the medication it can be taken as soon as you remember. Do not take the missed dose if it is close to the next one; just take the next dose as normal. Do not double-up on any doses.
Storing the medicine
It is important to keep ursodeoxycholic acid locked away out of the reach of children.
Do not keep the medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in other damp, warm places because this may make them less effective. Store in a cool, dry place, away from heat and direct light.
Do not use the suspension after 4 months of opening the bottle. Write the date of opening on the bottle to help remind yourself.
Use of other medicines
Care must be taken when using ursodeoxycholic acid with some other medications. Check with your/your childs doctor or pharmacist before giving any prescription medicine or medicine purchased without prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket, or health food shop. This is important for:
- Some cholesterol lowering medicines
- absorbents such as charcoal
- antacids or medicines used for indigestion that contains aluminium hydroxide and/or smectite (aluminium oxide)
- Cyclosporin, medicine used to reduce the activity of the immune system
- Ciprofloxacin and dapsone, antibiotics used to prevent certain infections
This list is not complete. Talk to your childs doctor or pharmacist about possible interactions with any over-the-counter or complementary medicines or recreational substances (e.g. alcohol).
Do not stop taking ursodeoxycholic acid without first checking with the doctor.
Your child may need to see their doctor for regular tests to make sure the liver is working properly.
It may take several months for the medicine to dissolve the gallstones (if used for this purpose).
Ursodeoxycholic acid is not generally available from your local pharmacy. It can only be supplied by the hospital. Do not let yourself run out of capsules or suspension, especially over weekends or public holidays.
Possible side effects
Side effects can occur while taking ursodeoxycholic acid. Some of these are not serious and will go away with time or after the dose has been changed. Others are more serious and require you to check with your childs doctor.
Less serious side effects include:
- Nausea, vomiting
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Itching or dry skin
- Sleep disturbances
More Serious (Contact doctor as soon as possible if any of the following occur):
- severe stomach pain
- severe nausea and vomiting
- Allergic reaction (Stop medicine and see doctor immediately)
About Balkan Pharmaceuticals
Balkan Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to provide high quality products for the global market and obtained lawful recognition of their operations in 2007 by the government of the Republic of Moldova.
Established under a mission of service to humanity, Balkan Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to providing a wide range of pharmaceuticals and is building a reputation of quality and integrity known around the world. They have assembled a staff of highly trained, dedicated individuals for the development, testing, and manufacture of life enhancing pharmaceuticals.
Balkan Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to meeting GMP standards set by the highest global authorities and has achieved full recognition of those authorities.
In addition, Balkan Pharmaceuticals is pursuing expansion, both in production facilities and in market area. Though currently authorized for distribution within Moldova only, they are actively working for their products to be approved in most of CIS nations.
Each product manufactured by Balkan Pharmaceuticals has an Unique Product Identification Code (UPIC) printed on it that can be used for checking against Online UPIC Checking System. This way you can be sure that the product you use is legitimate.
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