Bile acid synthesis disorders, peroxisomal disorders who have symptoms of liver disease, steatorrhea, or have difficulty in absorbing fat soluble vitamins are treated with bile acids such as cholic acid.
This drug requires a prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before taking this drug, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.
No pediatric-specific problems that would limit the usefulness of cholic acid in children 3 weeks of age and older have been recorded. The relationship of age to the effects of cholic acid has not been performed in the geriatric population, and there are no geriatric-specific problems have been documented to date.
Infant risk has not been determined when using this drug during breastfeeding. Consult your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of this drug while breastfeeding.
Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:
Basic Aluminum Hydroxide
Aminoacetate Dihydroxyaluminum Sodium Carbonate
Cyclosporine, and Magaldrate
Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with cholic acid is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems especially familial hypertriglyceridemia and liver disease which may increase the risk of serious side effects.
This drug must be taken exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Additional or prolonged doses could increase the chance of side effects.
Take this medicine with food and swallow it wholly. You may open it and mix the contents of the capsule with 1 to 2 tablespoons of infant formula or expressed breast milk, or soft foods, if you cannot swallow the capsules. Take cholic acid at least 1 hour before or 4 to 6 hours after, If you are also taking cholestyramine, colesevelam, colestipol, or aluminum-containing antacids.
The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed.
The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.
Adults and children 3 weeks of age and older with bile acid synthesis disorders and peroxisomal disorders are prescribed an oral dosage form (capsules based on body weight with the dosage usually being 10 to 15 milligrams per kilogram of body weight once a day, or divided in two doses.
Use and dose for children younger than 3 weeks of age must be determined by your healthcare professional.
A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children. Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs
4 Precautions to Take
Regular visits and laboratory tests should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug as well as check for unwanted effects.
Consult with your healthcare professional if your condition worsens or does not improve within 3 months, or if you have symptoms of a serious liver problem such as:
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