- that what I am providing is NOT meant in any way to replace the conversation between you, your doctor, or your pharmacist
- please do not self-diagnose or make medical decisions about this drug without talking with qualified professionals
- the information provided here is the reference sheet you would find at WebMD. During my journey I found this site to be helpful in providing support. All credit for this information belongs to them. I copied it right from their website and I have removed the hyper-links. Please visit their site if you would like to read further.
For this installment, I have chosen Linzess
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If you have any questions about what is provided here....talk with your doctor or pharmacist please.
This medication is not recommended for use in children. It may cause harm, especially in children younger than 6 years. Talk to your doctor for details.
See also Warning section.
Linzess is used to treat certain types of bowel problems (irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, chronic idiopathic constipation). It works by increasing fluid in your intestines and helping speed up movement of food through the gut. Linaclotide may improve stool texture and lessen symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain/discomfort, straining, and feelings of incomplete bowel movements.
This medication must not be used in children younger than 6 years because of the risk of serious side effects.
How to use Linzess
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking linaclotide and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth on an empty stomach as directed by your doctor, usually once daily at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day. Swallow the capsules whole. Do not break or chew the capsules.
If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, it may be opened and the contents mixed in a teaspoonful of applesauce. Swallow the mixture right away, without chewing it. Do not save the mixture for future use.
You may also empty the capsule's content into an ounce (30 milliliters) of water. Swirl the mixture for 10 seconds and drink right away, without chewing it. Add another ounce (30 milliliters) of water to the cup, swirl for 10 seconds and drink right away to get your whole dose. The water mixture may also be given through a tube into the stomach (nasogastric or gastric tube). If you are giving this medication through a tube, ask your health care professional for detailed instructions on how to give it.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
LINZESS Side Effects List by likelihood and severity.
The following side effects are associated with Linzess:
Common side effects of Linzess:
Diarrhea Less Severe
Infrequent side effects of Linzess:
Severe Diarrhea Severe
Viral Gastroenteritis Severe
Acute Infection of the Nose, Throat or Sinus Less Severe
Condition in which Stomach Acid is Pushed Into the Esophagus Less Severe
Gas Less Severe
Head Pain Less Severe
Indigestion Less Severe
Intense Abdominal Pain Less Severe
Low Energy Less Severe
Sinus Irritation and Congestion Less Severe
Swelling of the Abdomen Less Severe
Throwing Up Less Severe
Unable to Control Bowel Movement Less Severe
Rare side effects of Linzess:
Blood coming from Anus Severe
Black Tarry Stools Less Severe
Hives Less Severe
Before taking linaclotide, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: stomach/intestinal blockage.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
A product that may interact with this drug is: pramlintide.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away.
US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.
Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Do not share this medication with others.
If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store in the original container (tightly closed) at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Information last revised July 2016. Copyright(c) 2016 First Databank, Inc.