Cholbam

(cholic acid)

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Maintains bile acids.

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Cholbam (cholic acid) is the only approved medicine to help with bile acid production in some rare genetic conditions, but requires frequent liver monitoring.

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Quick facts about Cholbam
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Safe to use in infants and children.
  • Capsules can be opened and sprinkled on applesauce for easy swallowing.
  • Cholbam (cholic acid) is the only medication approved to treat bile acid synthesis disorders.
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Downsides

  • Depending on your needs, you may have to take this medication twice a day.
  • Only available as a brand, making it very expensive.
  • Treats rare conditions, so there isn't much safety or side effect information available.
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Cholbam (cholic acid) is a bile acid. It helps to maintain the appropriate amount of bile acids in your intestine, which help you digest and absorb fats.

Quick facts about Cholbam
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Bile acid synthesis disorders
  • Peroxisomal disorders

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Cholbam (cholic acid) for Bile acid synthesis disorders

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  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Acid reflux
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Side effect rates for Cholbam (cholic acid)

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Risks and Warnings for Cholbam (cholic acid)

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  • Cholbam (cholic acid) can cause current liver problems to worsen. Let your doctor know if you have any other types of liver problems before starting Cholbam (cholic acid). If you experience yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, pain in the upper right side of the stomach, unexpected nause, or vomiting, get medical help right away. Make sure you're regularly seeing your doctor and are getting your liver checked.

Common concerns from people taking Cholbam (cholic acid)

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Food
  • Take Cholbam (cholic acid) with food at least one hour before or 4 to 6 hours after taking a bile acid binding resin (Questran, Welchol) or antacids containing aluminum (Mylanta, Maalox).