Ursodiol

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I can't believe it!  I am in the United States.  I went to see surgeon yesterday as ultrasound did show some stones, but pretty small.  We discussed surgery (of course, what else do you discuss with a surgeon!) and I have some other medical issues I'm working on so not too eager for surgery right now.  I've had very little pain, no nausea or vomiting, so not in any hurry to get it cut out.  Bottom line, though, he did prescribe Ursodial to try out and see if it does any good.  I know it is not the cure-all but it buys me some time. 

Anyone else out there ever use it?  Wonder what the side effects are.  Please advise.

Thanks.

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    It may not just 'tide you over'- it might eliminate those stones altogether. It may take some 6 months to eradicate them but that is better than an operation that may well be unnecessary.  Ursodioxycholic acid tabs worked for me and admirably so...... You are very lucky that you seem to have an excellent experienced doctor because here in the UK the knowledge about the chemical treatment is not as it should be and I wager nothing in comparison to the USA...........  My previous post re ursodioxycholic acid stated  a registrar so called gall bladder professional as she put it did not have a clue and had never heard of Ursodioxycholic acid.......  Her senior gastroenterologist however di know about Urso and so gave me a script for it.......  It seems obvious some learners do not listen to what is being taught them.  

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    Please keep us updated on how it works for you.  I am thinking of trying it too
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    It's very interesting to note on this forum that not many of us gall bladder sufferers know about Ursodioxycholic acid and it's ability to dissolve cholesterol gall stones.  This information should not just be available to those of us who have 'questing' minds but should be hailed by the health service with a fanfare of trumpets because it really does work.  

    I find it incredible and also unacceptable that many so call gall bladder specialists do not know about that method of getting rid of gall stones........ Indeed a registrar who trupeted to me --- I am a professional re gall bladders and know all there is to know about them & the only option is to remove a gall bladder is there are stones in it..... She also stated that fresh lemon in olive oil does not work either and sonfirmed that by stating once they are in there they are there to stay........... all of that was utter crap. Research and learn I say and never ever close the mind and never give up. 

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      Did you have any side effects when you took the ursolidol?  I read where stomach upset could be a big one and I work so will plan to start it when I can be near a toilet.  I was really surprised that the surgeon wrote the script.  He told me that a lady had asked for it last week.  I asked the pharmacist if they filled many prescriptions for it and he said it was a pretty rare drug.  Only one other person responded and she wants to know how it works.  It takes a few months for any change I think.

       

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    I did not have any symptoms whatsoever. It seems that USA doctors are more familliar with that method of

    dissolving cholesterol stones than here in the UK.........

    I took 650 mg Urso per day for 6 months in which time five stones were reduced to two. The biggest of the five stones was 17mm. That stone was reduced to approx 10mm .  This proved sufficient to me that the treatment work admirably and my eminent Gastroenterologist surgeon agreed with me. he also stated that he was happy to prescribe further Urso if I needed them.  I eat a balanced diet  which inludes some saturated and more unsaturated fats because when I researched the urso treatment I saw that a low fat diet can actually cause gall stones.........  This was a aparent in those patients who did not take any urso.

    This research was carried out in the USA and can be seen on various web sites.....

    Never cease learning ---- never.  Never close the mind and never believe those who cannot prove the truth.

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      Thanks for writing--you are the only one who has really responded.  I started the medication and the only side effect I have (at least I think it might be related to it) is itching--sometimes all over.  I just try to ignore it and it eventually goes away for awhile.  I am still amazed that the surgeon (surgeon now less!) prescribed it for me. 

      Keep in touch. 

      Carol

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    I have written several post about the ursodioxycholic acid treatment because I was successful with that treatment.  I really is amazing the treatment is not used more widely here in the UK.......  I have always said the USA are about ten years ahead of here.... a pal of mine emigrated there over 40 years ago and it was an eye opener what he said about 'progress there!

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