Which medications are used for the management of gallstones (cholelithiasis)?

Updated: Apr 01, 2019
  • Author: Douglas M Heuman, MD, FACP, FACG, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Medical treatments for gallstones, used alone or in combination, include the following [21] :

  • Oral bile salt therapy (ursodeoxycholic acid) (particularly for x-ray-negative cholesterol gallstones in patients with normal gallbladder function)

  • Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (particularly for noncalcified cholesterol gallstones in patients with normal gallbladder function)


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