Rowachol: Active Ingredients, Presentations, Indications, Mechanism of Action, Dosage, Side Effects, Warnings and Interactions

The capsules of this medicine contain a mixture of terpenic compounds produced by plants, in an olive oil base.

These capsules help dissolve or break down gallstones .

Active ingredients of Rowachol

The active principles are:

  • Pineno [α + β] 17.0 mg.
  • Canfeno 5.0 mg.
  • Cineol 2.0 mg.
  • Mentona 6.0 mg.
  • Menthol 32.0 mg.
  • Borneol 5,0 mg.

The other ingredients are olive oil (33 mg per capsule) and the capsule shell contains:

  • Gelatin.
  • Glycerin.
  • Sodium ethylhydroxybenzoate E215.
  • Sodium propyl-hydroxybenzoate E127.
  • Water soluble copper sodium chlorophyllin E141.


Rowachol is available for sale in softgels.

Rowachol indications

It is indicated for hepatobiliary conditions that include:

  • Collectives .
  • Biliary spasm
  • Bile duct dyskinesia (reduced velocity of biliary tree emptying).
  • Disturbance of bile duct contraction.
  • Cholanguitis and inflammatory liver disease.
  • Dyspepsia of biliary origin and dissolution of the gallstone.
  • As a complementary therapy for the dispersion (by dissolution and / or expulsion) of stones in the common bile duct.
  • To be used in combination with chenodeoxycholic acid.

It has been shown that if Rowachol is combined with low or medium dose chenodeoxycholic acid, the dissolution rate of gallstones is higher than if the same dose of chenodeoxycholic acid is used alone.

Combination therapy allows a reduced dose of chenodeoxycholic acid to be used and therefore there is a lower incidence of side effects.

Mechanism of action

Rowachol increases bile secretion , relieves bile duct spasm, improves liver metabolic function, and reduces bile stasis.

By inhibiting HMGCoA reductase, endogenous cholesterol production is reduced, keeping bile above saturation level, helping to dissolve gallstones and preventing the precipitation of other stones.

Rowachol capsules also reduce the production of cholesterol by the liver.

Lowering the levels of cholesterol in the bile can help dissolve existing gallstones and prevent more stones from forming.

Rowachol capsules also increase bile production and relax the bile ducts, this helps reduce painful bile duct spasms.

It also makes it easier for the gallstones present to be distributed with the bile.


  • Adults should take one or two capsules three times a day.
  • The capsules should be taken on an empty stomach, half an hour before meals.
  • The capsules should be swallowed whole with a drink.

Rowachol side effects

The following is a list of possible side effects that can occur with all of the constituent ingredients in Rowachol.

These side effects are possible, but they don’t always happen. Some of the side effects can be rare but serious.

A doctor should be consulted if any of the following side effects are observed, especially if they do not go away:

  • Stomach ache.
  • Dizziness.
  • Muscular weakness.
  • Feeling of suffocation
  • Nausea.
  • Threw up.
  • Diarrhea .
  • Itch.
  • Irritation of the skin.
  • Headache.
  • Burping and a minty taste.
  • Pain and ulcers in the mouth.

Warnings and Contraindications

Before using Rowachol, the doctor should be informed about the current list of medications, over-the-counter products such as vitamins, herbal supplements, among others, allergies, pre-existing diseases and current health conditions such as pregnancy, planning a upcoming surgery.

Some health conditions can make the patient more susceptible to drug side effects.

Rowachol capsules contain glycerin (glycerol) which is harmful in high doses.

This medicine may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed) as it contains ethyl and propyl hydroxyethylzoate, sodium hydroxybenzoate.

Rowachol should not be administered if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to any of the active ingredients or to any of the other ingredients of the drug.

Special care should be taken in dosing in patients taking anticoagulants or other agents metabolized by the liver.

Rowachol should not be administered during the first trimester of pregnancy and it is recommended not to administer Rowachol during lactation, although harmful effects in babies have not been reported, but the risk is still unknown.

Rowachol should not be administered to anyone under 18 years of age.

Rowachol should be taken on an empty stomach, half an hour before meals.

Rowachol interactions

If other medications or over-the-counter products are taken at the same time, the effects of Rowachol may change.

This can increase the risk of side effects or cause medicines to not work properly.

The physician should be informed of all medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements being used so that the physician can help prevent or control interactions with other medications.

Rowachol may interact with the following medications and products: