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Chenodiol

Generic Name: Chenodiol (kee noe DYE ole)
Brand Name: Chenodal

Medically reviewed on September 5, 2018

Warning

  • This medicine may cause liver problems. For some people, chenodiol did not work well to treat gallstones and others needed their gallbladder taken out. Because of these reasons, chenodiol is not always the best treatment for gallstones. Talk with the doctor.

Uses of Chenodiol:

  • It is used to treat gallstones.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Chenodiol?

  • If you have an allergy to chenodiol or any other part of chenodiol.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Biliary tract problems, gallbladder problems, or liver problems.
  • If you are pregnant or may be pregnant. Do not take chenodiol if you are pregnant.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with chenodiol.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take chenodiol with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Chenodiol?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take chenodiol. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
  • Follow up with the doctor as you have been told.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol.
  • Follow the diet plan that your doctor told you about.
  • If you also take cholestyramine, colesevelam, colestipol, or an antacid with aluminum in it, talk with your pharmacist about how to take it with chenodiol.
  • If you are taking warfarin, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while you are taking it with chenodiol.
  • This medicine may cause loose stools (diarrhea). If you get loose stools (diarrhea), talk with your doctor about ways to lower this effect. Do not stop taking chenodiol without talking with your doctor.
  • This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking chenodiol, call your doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

How is this medicine (Chenodiol) best taken?

Use chenodiol as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Keep taking chenodiol as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
  • Very loose stools (diarrhea).

What are some other side effects of Chenodiol?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Loose stools (diarrhea).
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Belly pain or heartburn.
  • Hard stools (constipation).
  • Gas.
  • Not hungry.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

How do I store and/or throw out Chenodiol?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

Consumer information use

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about chenodiol, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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