Treatment options include liver transplantation (4, 5) or preferably oral bile acid therapy with the primary bile acids, cholic or chenodeoxycholic acids
The 4 major bile acids, lithocolic acid, cholic acid, deoxycholic acid and chenodeoxycholic acid
(all supplied by Sigma Aldrich, SA) were selected for study.
Ursodeoxycholic acid alone or with chenodeoxycholic acid
for dissolution of cholesterol gallstones: A randomized multicenter trial.
TREATMENT with drugs such as chenodeoxycholic acid
or urodeoxycholic acid can slowly dissolve the stones, but may cause side effects such as diarrhoea.
The strange thing is, when you get gallstones now in this great country of America, you're often given a drug called chenodeoxycholic acid
Short of surgery, the only gallstone therapy currently approved in the United States is treatment with chenodeoxycholic acid