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Urso is a medicine used to treat primary biliary cirrhosis (a condition in which the bile ducts in your liver are slowly destroyed, causing scarring of your liver). Urso is available as Urso 250 and Urso Forte.
How does this medication work?
When bile ducts are damaged, harmful substances may build up in your liver. Urso is a bile acid (a substance naturally produced by the body that is stored in the gallbladder) and works by replacing harmful substances.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Urso may help to improve the condition of your liver.
When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's instructions. It is important that you take Urso exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.
How do I know it is working?
Your healthcare provider will monitor your liver function on a monthly basis at the start of therapy.
The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.
Common side effects may include: abdominal (stomach area) discomfort or pain, hair loss, diarrhea, nausea, itching, rash.
Do not take Urso if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Do not take Urso if you have biliary obstruction.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Urso. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history.
The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.
Adults: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for you, based on your weight, and may adjust the dose as needed.
Take Urso exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Take Urso with food.
Urso Forte tablets are scored and can be broken in half. Do not use segments that are broken incorrectly. Swallow the segments with water. Keeping the segments in the mouth can reveal a bitter taste. Store segments separately from whole tablets.
Do not change your dose or stop taking Urso without first talking to your healthcare provider.
If Urso is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Urso with the following: antacids containing aluminum, birth control pills, certain cholesterol-lowering medicines (such as clofibrate), cholestyramine, colestipol, or estrogens.
The effects of Urso during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Urso, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222
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