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I have a very small gallstone (about 1cm). Ive had it for

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I have a very small gallstone (about 1cm). I've had it for 4 years and it's never changed.
I fasted for about a month, which created it.

My gallbladder functionality is fine (I had it checked). I'm interested in doing bile salts to remove the stone, instead of having the surgery.

But not sure of the dosage or what to actually get.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Josh replied 11 months ago.
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Myself Dr Josh and I’m happy to help with your question today.

Well, gallstones can be dissolved through the use of a bile salt, this procedure can be used only with stones formed from cholesterol and not from bile pigments.

The drug name is- Actigall (ursodiol).
It works by decreasing the production of cholesterol and by dissolving the cholesterol in bile so that it cannot form stones.

It is usually taken once daily at bedtime to treat gallstones.
Also, this drug must be taken for months to have an effect.
One may need to take ursodiol for up to 2 years.
You should try to avoid eating foods that are high in calories or cholesterol.
You should not take this medication, if you are trying for a baby.
Dosage for this medication is- 8 to 10 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg)

Reference- http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/drug-information/DR601407

It has to be prescribed by doctor, and you should have a evaluation with your primary doctor.
Hope this helped.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.

any side affects of the drug?

Expert:  Dr. Josh replied 11 months ago.
Sorry for the delay in answering.

Well, some of the common side effects of this drug are-

-fever, chills
-stomach pain, nausea
-dizziness, tired feeling
-back pain
-runny or stuffy nose, cold symptoms
-headache.

Usually such effects are not severe in nature.
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