Bile acids can be used to dissolve gallstones. They
usually are reserved for people who have symptoms of gallstones and for whom surgery
would be risky.
What to think about
Gallstones often come back when
treatment with bile acids is stopped. Over time, gallstones return in about half of those who stop
taking the medicine.2
This form of
treatment works better on small gallstones than on large ones. It does not work
on calcified gallstones. Tests such as an
abdominal X-ray may be used to find out whether
gallstones contain calcium.
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November 14, 2014
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