Ursodiol is a bile acid that decreases the amount of cholesterol produced by the liver and absorbed by the intestines. Ursodiol helps break down cholesterol that has formed into stones in the gallbladder. Ursodiol also increases bile flow in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis. Ursodiol is used to treat primary biliary cirrhosis. Ursodiol capsules are used to treat small gallstones in people who cannot have gallbladder surgery, and to prevent gallstones in overweight patients undergoing rapid weight loss. Ursodiol capsules are not for treating gallstones that are calcified Ursodiol may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Urso Forte is a bile acid available in both tablet and capsule form and is used primarily for treating gallstones by dissolving them gradually, working to reduce the cholesterol which contributes to the condition. It can also be used to treat primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) and other liver diseases, as well as during liver transplants to reduce the risk of rejection.