Tauroursodeoxycholic acid for the treatment of HCV-related chronic hepatitis: A multicenter placebo-controlled study

Andrea Crosignani, Gabriele Budillon, Lucia Cimino, Camillo Del Vecchio Blanco, Carmela Loguercio, Gaetano Ideo, Giovanni Raimondo, Roberte Stabilini, Mauro Podda

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BACKGROUND/AIMS: Tauroursodeoxycholic acid is a promising drug for the treatment of chronic cholestatic liver diseases since it has more favourable physicochemical and metabolic properties than ursodeoxycholic acid. Tauroursodeoxycholic acid may be of benefit also for necroinflammatory liver disease, especially for HCV-related chronic hepatitis in which bile duct damage and some degree of cholestasis are frequently seen at histology. METHODOLOGY: One hundred and fifty patients with chronic hepatitis were randomly assigned to receive tauroursodeoxycholic acid at daily doses of 500 mg or 750 mg, or a placebo for 6 months. RESULTS: A consistent decrease in aminotransferase serum levels was observed in patients treated with tauroursodeoxycholic acid compared with placebo (p <0.001) and a progressive improvement with time was also found (p <0.05; linear time effect). CONCLUSIONS: Tauroursodeoxycholic acid improves the biochemical expression of chronic hepatitis. Long-term studies with clinically relevant end-points are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1624-1629
Number of pages6
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Bile acids
  • Chronic hepatitis
  • Tauroursodeoxycholic acid
  • Therapy
  • Ursodeoxycholic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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