Generic Name: Obeticholic Acid (oh bet i KOE lik AS id)
Brand Name: Ocaliva
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Aug 29, 2020.
- If you have ever had liver problems, talk with your doctor. Be sure you know how often to take Ocaliva (obeticholic acid). Some liver problems have gotten worse when Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) was taken too often. Sometimes, this has been deadly. If you have questions, talk with your doctor.
Uses of Ocaliva:
- It is used to treat primary biliary cholangitis (PBC).
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ocaliva?
- If you are allergic to Ocaliva (obeticholic acid); any part of Ocaliva (obeticholic acid); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have a bile tract blockage.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Ocaliva (obeticholic acid).
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 Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) 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 Ocaliva?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Ocaliva (obeticholic acid). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Other drugs may be given with Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) to help avoid side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Ocaliva) best taken?
Use Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with or without food, unless your doctor tells you to take it another way.
- Do not take colesevelam, colestipol, or cholestyramine within 4 hours of Ocaliva (obeticholic acid).
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 take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- Signs of thyroid problems like change in weight; feeling nervous, excitable, restless, or weak; hair thinning; depression; neck swelling; not able to focus; trouble with heat or cold; menstrual changes; shakiness; or sweating.
- Very bad itching.
- Swelling in the arms or legs.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
What are some other side effects of Ocaliva?
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Stomach pain.
- Joint pain.
- Throat pain.
- Skin dryness, irritation, redness, crusting, or drainage (eczema).
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Ocaliva?
- 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.
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.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) is refilled. If you have any questions about Ocaliva (obeticholic acid), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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