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Ursodeoxycholic Acid

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor not required

Ursodeoxycholic Acid is typically a bile acid which is used to treat gallstone problems. Gallstones can result in symptoms like jaundice, pain, inflammation of the pancreas and gall bladder too. The gall bladder creates stones when bile (generally a liquid) hardens. Calcium deposits in the gall bladder can also result in stone formation. This can cause severe pain.

While surgery is generally recommended by doctors to patients who suffer from a severe problem of gall stones, smaller stones can be treated with Ursodeoxycholic Acid. Those stones that are formed from cholesterol are generally treated with Ursodeoxycholic Acid as the drug can dissolve them easily. The drug may also be used in the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis.

Before you start with Ursodeoxycholic Acid discuss your medical history with your doctor and inform him of any allergies or health problems you suffer from. Also give him a list of medication that you are presently taking. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or are trying to conceive. Lactating mothers should also discuss the pros and cons of taking the drug with their doctor before starting the course.

Ursodeoxycholic Acid should be taken exactly as directed by your doctor. Your dosage will depend on the severity of your condition. The doctor will generally advise you to take the drug at bed time daily. The drug works best when taken directly after a meal or with a light snack.

Side effects occur when you take any kind of medicine. Similarly, Ursodeoxycholic Acid can cause some common side effects like diarrhea, skin rashes that can be very itchy and a sense of sickness. If any of these symptoms become more complicated it is best that you seek medical advice. The drug should be kept away from children and stored in a place which is cool as well as dry.

Dissolution of cholesterol rich gallstones
This medicine is used to break and dissolve stones of the gall bladder which are formed by cholesterol deposit. It is also used to prevent gall stone formation in some patients.
Primary biliary cirrhosis
This medicine is used to treat the symptoms and slow the progression of this disease of the liver and the bile duct.
This medicine is also sometimes used to treat the lever related symptoms of the disease cystic fibrosis in children aged 6-18 years.
This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known history of allergy to bile acids or any other components present along with it.
Biliary tract disorder
This medicine is not recommended for use in patients having a swelling, obstruction, deformation, or fistula of the bile tract.
Gallbladder disorder
This medicine is not recommended for use in patients having a non-functional gall bladder or conditions like swelling or impaired contractility of the gall bladder.
Presence of calcified gallstone
This medicine is not recommended for use in patients having gallstones formed due to deposit of calcium. These stones are detectable in an x-ray.
Chronic liver disease
This medicine is not recommended for use in patients having a liver disease that is chronic in nature.
This medicine is not recommended for use in patients having an ongoing inflammatory disease of the bowel.
Patients requiring cholecystectomy
This medicine is not recommended for use in patients needing a surgery to remove to the gall bladder or need a surgery to remove the stones.
In addition to its intended effect, Ursodeoxycholic Acid may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.
Diarrhea Moderate Common
Indigestion Minor Common
Headache Minor Common
Nausea or Vomiting Moderate Common
Back Pain Major Less Common
Bloody and cloudy urine Major Common
Black or tarry stools Moderate Less Common
Unusual bleeding or bruising Moderate Rare
Frequent and/or painful urination Major Less Common
Fever and cough Major Rare
Hair Loss Minor Rare
Swelling of eyelids, face, lips, tongue Major Rare
How long is the duration of effect?
The time for which this medicine remains effective in the body is subject to vary depending on the use.
What is the onset of action?
The time taken for this medicine to show it's effect is variable depending on the intended use. The dissolving of gallstone starts to happen after 3-6 months of the administration.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?
This medicine should be used by pregnant women only when clearly needed. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Is it habit forming?
No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?
This medicine should be used with caution if you are breastfeeding. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Missed Dose instructions
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then the missed dose can be skipped.
Overdose instructions
Contact your doctor immediately if an overdose with this medicine is suspected. Diarrhea is one of the most prominent symptoms of an overdose.
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Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you're at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Disease
Disease
Information not available.
Interaction with Alcohol
Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Lab Test
Lab
Information not available.
Interaction with Food
Food
Information not available.
Interaction with Medicine
Aluminium hydroxide Moderate
Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. The time gap between the consumption of these medicines should be at least 2 hours. This applies to other medicines containing aluminium salts and other antacid medicines as well.
Cholestyramine Moderate
Report the use of any medicine that is taken to lower the blood cholesterol level to the doctor. The time gap between the consumption of these medicines should be at least 2 hours.
Estrogens Moderate
Report the use of oral contraceptives or any other preparations containing female sex hormones to the doctor. You may require a dose adjustment and more frequent monitoring while taking them together.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am only 19 but my hair is going white what to do. And are the reason which causing it.

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Ayurveda, Ajmer
I am only 19 but my hair is going white what to do. And are the reason which causing it.
Hi Lybrate User use of excess oily spicy fried salty acidic foods vitiated pitta dosh according to Ayurved which leads to whitening of hairs. Avoid oily spicy fried salty heavy acidic foods and cold drinks etc. Use plenty of fresh Awala juice after taking breakfast with lukewarm water regularly. Use Tablet sankuntalam two tablets three times a day. Use Sampoo Shyamla of vasu pharmacy. Use oil Nilibharangadi on hair roots. Tc Thank Regards.
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From past 1 year, interest on sex has reduced Can suggest any medina where I can get feeling for sex.

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Ayurveda, Ajmer
From past 1 year, interest on sex has reduced Can suggest any medina where I can get feeling for sex.
Hi Lybrate User use Tablet Vajitone two tablets two times a day with milk. Use Tablet X Bal Gold two tablets two times a day with milk empty stomach. Use Konchpak 20gm with milk two times a day. Avoid oily spicy fried salty heavy acidic foods Take light easily digestable nutrional foods and plenty of dry fruits. Tc Thanks Regards.
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Popular Health Tips

Penis Bumps: Avoiding Hives Triggers

MD - General Medicine
Sexologist, Delhi
Penis Bumps: Avoiding Hives Triggers

Looking down at the manhood and discovering it has developed penis bumps is never a pleasant surprise for a guy. The presence of bumps signals a new worry about his penis health, although often the bumps don't correlate with a significant health issue. Penis bumps can come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, so it's no surprise that they can be caused by many different things. One of the causes many men don't think about is hives - so learning more about hives prepares a guy for dealing with them.

What are hives?

Hives is the common name used to describe a condition that is medically known as urticarial. They present as welts on the skin. Some can be small and others can be relatively large. In some instances, they are raised slightly, which gives them a bump-like look; in other instances, they may more closely resemble a rash. Often one welt will "bleed" into another, making the two appear as one large welt.

Hives are usually circular in shape. Often, especially with larger welts, they will be a deep red around the perimeter and a paler red in the center. Hives usually itch, causing discomfort; when they appear as penis bumps, it can be embarrassing for a man, as he often is caught scratching "down there."

Individual hives don't usually last long, often fading away in 24 hours - but they are usually replaced by new hives. It is not unusual for a case of acute hives to last as long as six weeks, with old hives fading and new ones replacing them. If a bout of hives continues beyond 6 weeks, it is considered a chronic case.

What causes hives?

Hives are basically an allergic reaction on the skin. Some "trigger" sends a signal to the body to release histamines to fight the trigger. This reaction causes the hives to form. Therefore, if a guy knows what his hives triggers are, he can take steps to avoid those triggers and thereby prevent hives from occurring.

Unfortunately, sometimes determining exactly what the trigger is can be challenging, mainly because many things are associated with triggering hives. Some of the more common causes include:

- Pets. Many dogs, cats and other animals shed dander, which may be a hives trigger.

- Pollen.

- Insect bites and stings.

- Viral or fungal infections.

- Stress and anxiety.

- Certain foods, including shellfish, nuts, milk, chocolate, berries, eggs, soy, citrus fruits, etc.

- Sweating.

- Bacteria.

- Exposure to the sun.

- Certain chemicals (including some in soaps or laundry detergents).

With such a wide range, narrowing down a trigger may take a lot of time. Working with a doctor is advised. They will likely recommend that a person keeps a comprehensive journal of all the foods, medicines, etc. that he takes and any exposures he may have to potential triggers. The journal will include, as close as possible, the time when a person may have been exposed to a trigger, so that a link can be theorized if hives occur soon after. (Hives may occur within minutes, but sometimes may take about two hours to show up).

Once hives triggers are identified, a person can take steps to avoid those triggers. He also can learn what treatments he can use to help deal with the symptoms of hives.

As mentioned, penis bumps caused by hives tend to itch greatly. Regular use of a first rate penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) can help alleviate this. A crème that contains a combination of a high-end emollient (like Shea butter) and a natural hydrator (like vitamin E) will provide moisture that can help soothe itching. It also helps if the crème contains alpha lipoic acid, a powerful antioxidant which strengthens penis skin by fighting free radicals.

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Best Homeopathic Medicines for Treatment of Diabetes!

BHMS, MD-Homeopathy, PGPC - Preventive Cardiology
Homeopath, Delhi
Best Homeopathic Medicines for Treatment of Diabetes!

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition wherein the body doesn’t metabolise sugar properly. Insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas, is responsible for carrying the sugar or glucose, from the bloodstream to the individual cells. When the pancreas fails to produce insulin, glucose builds up in your bloodstream and enters your urine. Homeopathy focuses on the overall health of the individual. Homeopathic medicines for diabetes include:

1. Abroma Augusta: This homeopathic medicine is best for diabetics who have weak muscles, increased appetites and frequent urination.
2. Phosphorus: If symptoms include weak vision, Phosphorus is the best remedy for it.
3. Syzygium Jambolanum: This is one of the best homeopathic remedies for diabetes mellitus. It acts efficiently and promptly in lowering sugar levels.
4. Phosphoric acid: If you feel exhausted or weak all the time, either physically or mentally, then Phosphoric acid is beneficial. Weak memory, forgetfulness and numb feet are also treated with Phosphoric acid.
5. Gymnema Sylvestre: Sometimes, diabetics drastically lose weight and have low energy levels. Gymnema Sylvestre is an excellent remedy for such symptoms.

Sometimes one or more homeopathic medicines may be combined to treat symptoms. Some common combinations include:

1. Lachesis, Arnica, Belladonna and Phosphorus are combined in a treatment to treat retinopathy, which is damage to the eyes caused by diabetes.
2. Serum Anguillae, Arsenic Album and Lycopodium are used together to treat kidney damage (nephropathy) in diabetics.
3. Helonias, Sulphur and Phosphoric acid are taken to deal with neuropathy or nerve problems such as numbness in feet and hands.
4. Syzygium Jambolanum is combined with Secale Cornutum to treat skin ulcers, which is a common problem among diabetics.
5. For people suffering from constipation due to diabetes, Natrum Sulph, Defloratum and Carlsbad are the best medicines.
6. To improve weak memory, Phosphoric acid, Nux Vom and Kali Phos are the best remedies for diabetics.
7. Sometimes diabetics complain of extreme, incapacitating weakness. To improve energy and boost overall health, Carbo Veg, Phosphoric acid, Phosphorus and Arsenic Album are recommended.

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Health Tip

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Health Tip
  • Caffeine is the most frequently used central nervous system stimulant in the world. Drinking coffee offers a boost of energy and a lift in well being.
  • Coffee appears to be more effective than tea is because some of its components may counteract the negative effects of depression.
  • Coffee also contains chlorogenic acid, ferulic acid, and caffeic acid. These acids can reduce the inflammation of nerve cells that takes place in the brain of people with depression.
  • We hear a lot about the negative effects of caffeine on our health, but it turns out that caffeine has its good points too. Research from the Harvard School of Public Health found that women who drank a minimum of four cups of coffee per day could lower their risk of depression by 20 per cent.
  • So, we can say The risk of depression appears to decrease with increased coffee and caffeine consumption.
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Bad Breath - Top 5 Homeopathic Remedies For It!

BHMS
Homeopath, Anand
Bad Breath - Top 5 Homeopathic Remedies For It!

Bad breath is a dental problem which could also emanate due to poor digestion. It can also be experienced as a side effect of other ailments as well as medications. Smoking and bad diet may lead to this and it usually becomes a matter of low self-esteem as time goes by. Homeopathy is one of the most natural forms of medication, treatment and wellness when it comes to such problems that affect the lifestyle of the patient. These medicines usually combine very small doses of naturally found elements so as to cure an ailment or condition. Yet, it is important to remember that one must get a prescription for these medicines from a professional medical practitioner.

Read on to know more about the types of homeopathic remedies available for bad breath.

  1. Merc Sol: If your bad breath problem also comes with symptoms like a moist mouth or constant dribbling, then this medicine may be prescribed. This usually happens when the salivary glands become too active and produce more moisture than what the mouth can handle on a normal basis.
  2. Pulsatilla: This medicine is usually prescribed if the patient complains of a dry mouth along with a bad breath problem. This helps in treating related symptoms like the lack of proper hydration due to the lack of thirst. Not drinking enough water can also lead to the problem of dry mouth and thereafter, a bad odour from the mouth.
  3. Kreosote: This medicine is considered as a very effective medication for bad breath, especially if the bad breath takes place due to caries in the teeth. This medicine can also help patients who are experiencing bleeding gums along with caries and bad breath.
  4. Hepar Sulphur and Carbo Veg: The combination of these two medicines is known as one of the best when it comes to treating bad breath. The other symptoms that call for the prescription of these medicines include Gingivitis or gum infection related problems and symptoms. When there is bleeding and pus in the gums due to the infection, then this medicine is usually prescribed. Excessive salivation is also another symptom that is treated by this medicine combination. Hepar Sulphur can be used if there is a throat-related infection or ailment that can lead to the problem of bad breath.
  5. Carbolic Acid: A homeopathic doctor will usually prescribe this medicine if the problem of bad breath is accompanied by intense and perpetual pain in the abdomen. The patient will also complain of gas in stomach due to the ailment that affects the stomach in such cases. This gives rise to many symptoms including bad breath. Loss of appetite is also treated by this medicine.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Stomach Ulcer - Avoiding These 10 Things Can Help You Manage It!

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, M.Ch - Surgical Gastroenterology/G.I. Surgery, Fellowship in Hepatobiliary Surgery & Liver Transplantation, International Visiting Scholar
Gastroenterologist, Hyderabad
Stomach Ulcer - Avoiding These 10 Things Can Help You Manage It!

Many times we forget about the importance of our health in the race to pursue our careers and goals. We take our bodies for granted and keep working them without stopping for a breath. While some may have mastered this art, there are many who may not be able to cope with such a lifestyle and may end up falling ill. The most common problem that most people suffer from is stomach upset, gas, or stomach pain, and all of this may be because of not eating right or having irregular eating habits.

It is due to such problems that people fall ill and then go to the doctor with a problem that may take much longer to treat. However, if the patient starts to check in with the doctor before the stomach pain worsens, it may be easier to treat because very often the pain arises from stomach ulcers. Ulcers are sores that are caused on the lining of the stomach or the oesophagus or even on the intestines. In serious cases, the sores may cause great damage to the stomach and may lead to much worse issues. However, with the right intake of food, the damage may be controlled in combination with medicines and treatment from experts.

Foods to avoid
In controlling the spread of stomach ulcers or peptic ulcers, it may be important to know the food that should be avoided so that the medicines and treatments taken for controlling the problem may work better. Here is a list of foods that you should avoid:

  1. Hot beverages such as tea, coffee, cocoa and milk should be avoided because they cause acid imbalance in the stomach.
  2. Anything that may contain caffeine should also be avoided.
  3. Alcohol should be completely avoided by those suffering from peptic ulcers.
  4. Citric or sour drinks such as grape or orange drinks should also be avoided for remaining at ease.
  5. Any spicy powders or seasonings, such as pepper, chilli powder and garlic should be excluded from the diet.
  6. Anything that is made from milk or cream and is extremely fatty in nature should not be consumed.
  7. Flavoured cheese that is strong and spicy should not be eaten.
  8. Meats that include high levels of fat or those that are highly seasoned should be completely avoided.
  9. Chillies or peppers in any form should be kept away from your diet.
  10. Anything that is made from tomato should also be avoided, such gravy, sauces or raw tomatoes.

When you start to keep your diet clean and healthy, it may be much easier for your doctor to cure you of stomach ulcers.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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