My mother was diagnosed with PBC 2 years ago. She has been taking Urso for about a year now: 3 capsules before bed (she is about 90 kg). Her bilirubin is still around 35-40 but the doctor says that it would probably stay that way. AST/ALT/GGT have all come down.
How long is she supposed to take Urso for? Does she have to take it indefinitely for the rest of her life? She doesn't have any side effects, no itching. She has mild ascites.
I also want to mention that she might have alcoholic liver because she used to drink regularly over a long time. So, it might not be PBC. AMA test was inconclusive (weakly positive) with very low levels.
Would treatment for alcoholic liver be different? Urso has definitely improved her bloods. If it's indeed alcoholic cirrhosis, would she still have to take Urso indefinitely?