Ursodiol

*** PLEASE NOTE***
The information and instructions on the following pages should not replace those given to you by your doctor.


Ursodiol is a medication which dissolves or decreases gall stones. It is also used for certain chronic liver diseases.

Do not use when

  • Your child has a known allergy to one of the ingredients
  • Your child has a blockage in the gall bladder or a hepatitis flare-up

Consult your doctor when

  • Your child has medical problems such as liver, kidney and/or urinary tract problems, pancreatic dysfunction, complications in the gall bladder
  • Your child is taking other medications
  • You are pregnant or nursing

How should I store the medication?
Store the medication in a cool, dark place, in a tightly closed container . Keep out of reach of children.

Do not use past the expiration date.

Administering the Medication
Follow the instructions and administration times as set by your physician. The dose is determined according to the age and severity of the illness. It is not used to treat young children or babies. A low-cholesterol diet increases the chances of success for this treatment.

Take the drug with or during a meal.

What should I do if I forget to administer the medication on time?
If you forget to administer the medication on time, take the medication when you remember or double the next dose.

When can I stop giving the medication to my child?
Finish the round as instructed by your doctor. Even if your child feels better, do not end treatment without consulting your doctor.

Side effects
Side effects include headaches, diarrhea, drowsiness, problems sleeping, coughs, runny noses, and/or muscle pain.

Call your doctor when

  • Your child's condition worsens
  • Your child experiences severe side effects such as continuous diarrhea, gall bladder infections, stomach aches (especially in the upper right quadrant), and pneumonia
  • Your child has an allergic reaction, especially if the reaction is anaphylactic

Your child will need continuous monitoring, as well as blood tests.

Treatment should not last longer than 2 years.

Low-cholesterol diet can help increase chances of successful treatment.

Ursodiol contains lactose – do not give if your child is lactose intolerant.