Obeticholic acid

Obeticholic acid treats primary biliary cholangitis, a rare, chronic liver disease. May cause dizziness.

Obeticholic acid Overview

Reviewed: January 9, 2015

Obeticholic acid is a prescription medication used to treat primary biliary cholangitis. 

Obeticholic acid is a semi-synthetic derivative of bile acid. This drug works by binding to a receptor in the liver, intestines, kidney, and adipose tissue and changing the body’s metabolism of lipids.

This medication is available as a tablet and is typically taken once a day, with or without food. 

Common side effects of obeticholic acid include itching, fatigue, stomach pain, joint pain, throat pain, and constipation. Obeticholic acid may cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know this medication affects you. 

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Obeticholic acid Brand Names

Obeticholic acid may be found in some form under the following brand names:

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