Patient Comments: Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis - Medications


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Comment from: Edna D, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I had a lumbar laminectomy 3/17/20 and today is 3/25/20; one week in! I have had numbness on my right foot along the outer arch and smaller toes, and cramping in my back thigh. I know it's still early so hoping it gets better. I still hurt after about 20 minutes of standing. It was a single level procedure. I was given gabapentin for the nerve pain. Let's see how I am in a month.

Comment from: Miss Mar, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 31

Lactulose and Lasix were helpful with dealing with the symptoms of primary sclerosing cholangitis.

Comment from: M66Maryann, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My itching was severe with primary sclerosing cholangitis. I felt desperate and could not function normally. Nor could I sleep normally. Prior to diagnosis, I had taken sertraline for several years to treat anxiety. I weaned myself from it, and promptly began itching. In hindsight, I believe the sertraline had prevented the itching. After diagnosis, I got back on it. It did nothing to relieve the itching. I tried hydroxyzine, ursodiol, rifampin, and cyproheptadine. None worked. Cholestyramine worked. It is a powder that you mix into a liquid and drink. I take 3 doses daily, along with sertraline, and cyproheptadine. It took about 2 weeks to handle the itching.

Comment from: Jason, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 07

Ursofalk (ursodeoxycholic acid) greatly reduced the pain I experienced in my liver because of primary sclerosing cholangitis. If I stop taking it (forget to take or run out), the pain increases so it definitely makes a difference. It does not reduce the disease, but does reduce the pain. Questran Light (cholestyramine anhydrous) reduced extreme itchiness.


Liver disease refers to any abnormal process that affects the liver. See Answer

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