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Can you treat gallstones without surgery?

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If you have a medical condition and your doctor feels you shouldn't have an operation, he or she may prescribe the medications chenodiol (Chenodal), ursodiol (Actigall, Urso 250, Urso Forte), or both. These drugs work by dissolving cholesterol stones. Mild diarrhea can be a side effect. The downside of using either medication is that you may have to take it for years to completely dissolve the stones, which may come back after you stop taking the drug.

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National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American College of Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 28, 2018

SOURCES:


National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse.

American College of Surgeons.

Mayo Clinic.

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 28, 2018

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