Volume No. :   2

Issue No. :  6

Year :  2010

ISSN Print :  0975-4407

ISSN Online :  2321-5836


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Ursodeoxycholic Acid as a Biliary Agent Used in the Treatment of Liver Disease: An Overview



Address:   S.B. Gaikwad*, R.L. Bakal, A.V. Chandewar, A.B. Roge, R.S. Sakhare and S.G. Shep
P. Wadhwani College of Pharmacy, Yavatmal -445001.
*Corresponding Author
DOI No: Not Available

ABSTRACT:
Ursodeoxycholic acid is a dihydroxy bile acid with a rapidly expanding spectrum of usage in acute and chronic liver diseases. The various mechanisms of action of this hydrophilic bile acid include direct cytoprotection, detergent action on dysfunctional microtubules, immunomodulation and induction of hypercholeresis. Its efficacy in primary biliary cirrhosis and primary sclerosing cholangitis as an adjunct to medical therapy has been well established. Newer indications include its use in the management of chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, post liver transplant rejection, graft versus-host disease and acute viral hepatitis, where it not only relieves symptoms of holestasis but also arrests ongoing hepatocyte necrosis.
KEYWORDS:
Biliary cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, Ursodeoxycholic acid
Cite:
S B Gaikwad, R L Bakal, A V Chandewar, A B Roge, R S Sakhare, S G Shep. Ursodeoxycholic Acid as a Biliary Agent Used in the Treatment of Liver Disease: An Overview. Research J. Pharmacology and Pharmacodynamics. 2010; 2(6): 355-362.
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