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UDIHEP contains Ursodeoxycholic acid (also known as Ursodiol) which is a Gallstone dissolving agent. It is used to dissolve gall bladder stones (made up of cholesterol) and prevents them from forming back. It can also be used to treat a type of liver disease called primary biliary cholangitis. Primary biliary cholangitis (also known as primary biliary cirrhosis) is a long-term liver disease in which the tubes carrying a digestive fluid called bile (bile ducts) are injured, inflamed, and permanently damaged. As a result, it can cause yellow or white bumps under the skin or eyes, dark urine, and abnormally swollen stomach with pain with frequent nausea, weight loss and tiredness. UDIHEP can also be used to treat liver and biliary diseases caused due to cystic fibrosis (an inherited disorder that affects major organs) in children aged between 6-18 years.
UDIHEP is a liver protectant medication. It works by reducing cholesterol levels in the blood which is dissolving the gall bladder stones made up of cholesterol. It also improves liver functions by protecting the liver cells against the injury caused by toxic bile acid.
Before taking UDIHEP inform your doctor, if you have any other liver problems apart from gall stones and biliary cirrhosis. While taking UDIHEP, your doctor would regularly monitor your liver function to access how you respond to the treatment. UDIHEP is not recommended for use in pregnant women. Women of childbearing age should use a suitable non-hormonal contraceptive method like condemn or copper-IUD to avoid getting pregnant. The most common side effect of UDIHEP is pasty stools. Consult your doctor if it bothers you.
UDIHEP is a liver protectant medication. It works by reducing cholesterol levels in the blood by decreasing its production in the liver and by inhibiting its absorption in the intestines. As a result, it slowly breaks down the gall bladder stones made up of cholesterol. It also improves liver functions by protecting the liver cells against the injury caused by toxic bile acid, thereby improving liver health in diseased patients.
UDIHEP should only be used under medical supervision. Swallow UDIHEP with a glass of water and do not crush or chew it. Your doctor will decide the correct dose for you depending upon your age, body weight and disease condition. You can take UDIHEP after a meal with a glass of milk or a small snack.
Stop taking UDIHEP and contact your doctor if you experience:
Pasty stools or diarrhea:
Drink lots of fluids, such as water or juice, to avoid dehydration. Take plenty of rest. Do not take any medicines without speaking to a doctor.
UDIHEP is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless clearly necessary. Consult your doctor before taking. Women of childbearing age should use a suitable non-hormonal contraceptive method to avoid getting pregnant while taking UDIHEP.
UDIHEP should be used with caution among breastfeeding women. Consult your doctor before taking.
Do not drive or operate any machines if your ability is affected by UDIHEP.
Avoid consumption of alcohol while taking UDIHEP, as it could aggravate your existing condition.
UDIHEP should be used with caution in patients with kidney disease. Consult your doctor before taking.
UDIHEP is not recommended for use in patients with an acute inflammation of gallbladder or bile ducts, blockage of bile ducts, biliary colic (cramp-like pain in the upper abdomen). Consult your doctor for advice.
Talk to your doctor if you are allergic to Ursodeoxycholic acid.
UDIHEP should be used with caution in patients with heart disease. Consult your doctor before taking.
UDIHEP is not recommended for use if you:
Use in Pediatrics:
UDIHEP is generally used in children and adolescents (aged between 6-18 years). However, consult your doctor before taking.
Use in Geriatrics:
UDIHEP should be used with caution in elderly patients. Consult your doctor before taking.
Before taking UDIHEP, inform your doctor, if you are taking any of the following medicine:
If you or anyone else accidentally take excess of UDIHEP, consult your doctor immediately or visit the nearby hospital. Symptom of overdose can be prolonged diarrhea.
|Drug||:||Ursodeoxycholic acid (ursodiol)|
|Pharmacological Category||:||Gallstone dissolving Agents|
|Therapeutic Indication||:|| |
Primary biliary cirrhosis, gallstones, liver disease associated with cystic fibrosis
|Dosage Forms||:||Tablet, Syrup|
Can UDIHEP cause constipation?
There is no proper information regarding incidence of constipation while taking UDIHEP. If you feel constipated, try to include fiber rich diet in your meals and drink plenty of water. Try to perform a brisk walk at least for 30 minutes regularly after consulting your doctor. If the symptom bothers you, contact your physician.
How to take UDIHEP?
UDIHEP is preferably taken after meals along with a glass of milk or a small snack. Swallow UDIHEP with a glass of water and do not crush or chew it. Your doctor will decide the correct dose for you depending upon your age, body weight and disease condition.
How UDIHEP works on my body?
UDIHEP works by reducing cholesterol levels in the blood which eventually causes break down of the gall bladder stones. It also improves liver functions by protecting the liver cells against the injury caused by toxic bile acid, thereby improving liver health in diseased patients.
Is UDIHEP safe to use in children?
Yes. UDIHEP can be used to treat liver disease associated with cystic fibrosis in children aged between 6-18 years. However, consult your doctor for the correct dose and duration that suits your child.
How long should I use UDIHEP to dissolve gall stones?
Your doctor will advise you to use UDIHEP based on your condition. Generally, the duration of the treatment ranges between 3-4 months but may further get extended depending on the size of the gallstone that need to be dissolved. Make sure that you receive an uninterrupted therapy during this period and your doctor might suggest having a periodic X-ray or an ultrasound to access whether the stones were completely dissolved or not. Even after dissolution of gall stones, your doctor might still prescribe you UDIHEP to avoid its recurrence.
What precaution I need to follow while taking UDIHEP?
UDIHEP must be used only under medical supervision. Do not stop taking UDIHEP once your symptoms subside, without consulting your doctor, because it may lead to recurrence of gallbladder stones. Avoid alcohol consumption as it could further aggravate your liver disease and make sure to have regular check-ups of liver function as instructed by your doctor without fail to access your improvement.
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