Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Treatment
- What It Is
- Risk Factors
- Living With
- User Questions
- Alternative Treatment
- Care Guide
- Questions for Your Doctor
- When to Contact a Doctor
- Find a Doctor
- Resource Guide
How to Treat Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Although there is no known cure for PBC, a variety of treatments may alleviate symptoms, slow the progression of liver damage, and reduce the possibility of complications.
Treatment may include:
Medications may include:
- Cholestyramine (Questran) and/or colestipol (Colestid)-to control itching
- Ursodeoxycholic acid (URSO 250 or Actigall)-if your doctor believes it can slow the progression of your disease
Most doctors prescribe, or recommend PBC patients take vitamin supplements, particularly vitamins A, D, K, and calcium, because natural forms of these vitamins cannot be absorbed properly when there is too little bile in the intestines.
Once liver damage has become severe, a liver transplant is recommended for patients with PBC.