Brand Names : Actigall, URSO 250, URSO, Ursofalk, ursodeoxycholic acid, UDCA
Ursodiol (ur-so-DYE-ole) is used in the treatment
of gallstone disease. It is taken by mouth to dissolve the gallstones.
Ursodiol is used in patients with gallstones who do not need to have their
gallbladders removed or in those in whom surgery should be avoided because
of other medical problems. However, ursodiol works only in those patients
whose gallstones are made of cholesterol and works best when these stones
are small and of the “floating” type.
Ursodiol is also used to help prevent gallstones in patients who are on
rapid weight-loss programs.
Ursodiol is also used in patients with cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis
causes a patient's liver to have problems and not work properly.
Ursodiol is available only with your doctor's prescription, in the following
Capsules (U.S. and Canada)
Tablets (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
Other commonly used names are ursodeoxycholic