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

Ocaliva Overview

Reviewed: May 31, 2016

Ocaliva is a prescription medication used to treat primary biliary cholangitis. 

Ocaliva 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 Ocaliva include itching, fatigue, stomach pain, joint pain, throat pain, and constipation. Ocaliva may cause dizziness. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know this medication affects you. 

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