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Medication for Gallstones
- Ursodiol (Ursodeoxycholic Acid)
- Chenodiol (Chenodeoxycholic Acid)
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, to control pain
- Take your medicine as directed. Do not change the amount or the schedule.
- Do not stop taking your medicine without talking to your doctor.
- Do not share your medicine.
- Ask what the results and side effects may be. Report them to your doctor if any occur.
- Some drugs can be dangerous when mixed with other medications. Talk to a doctor or pharmacist if you are taking more than one medication. This includes over-the-counter medicine and herb or dietary supplements.
- Plan ahead for refills so you don’t run out.
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2014
- Update Date: 09/17/2014