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Expert opinion

Professor Julian R.F. Walters 

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Professor of Gastroenterology, Imperial College London, London, UK

Are the current treatments for bile acid diarrhoea (BAD) effective, and is it likely that in the future there will be better treatments for BAD?

 

Current therapies, such as colestyramine and colesevelam, bind and eliminate bile acids from the colon. These drugs prevent the excess bile acids causing watery faeces.

Further evidence suggests that the primary defect is due to excess bile acid production, caused by reduced production of FGF19. Therapy to stimulate FGF19, thereby reducing excess bile acids, has been shown in a proof-of-concept study to improve patients’ symptoms.

Job number: JB57410GBl Date of Preparation: June 2019

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