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What is Linzess (Linaclotide) prescribed for?
Irritated bowel syndrome affects mostly woman, causes for that are unknown. IBS, as it is called, can be quite painful and disruptive of your daily life. Some of the symptoms are constipation, diarrhea, and cramps.
Linzess is a medication used in the treatment for certain types of bowel problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, as well as chronic idiopathic constipation. This medication works by increasing the fluids in your intestines and helps to speed up the movement of food through the gut. Linzess may also improve stool texture, and give you some relief of symptoms such as; bloating, abdominal pain and discomfort, straining, and feelings of an incomplete bowel movement.
This medication comes in two different strengths which are 145mcg and 290mcg. It is also known as Constella on an international level. Remember your dose is based on your medical background and your overall response to the treatment. If your doctor or pharmacist has given you some information in the form of a pamphlet, take the time to read up on this drug, and if you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, please consult your doctor.
This medication is to be taken by mouth, and on an empty stomach. And it is usually taken once a day at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day. Swallow the capsule whole, Do not break or chew the capsules. However, if you do have any issues in swallowing the capsules, you may open them up and mix the contents with a teaspoon of applesauce. Just make sure to swallow the mixture right away without chewing it. Do not save any of the mixture for future use.
You may also empty the capsules contents into a glass of water. Just make sure you swirl the mixture around for about 2o seconds, then drink all of it right away, without chewing on any of the particles.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic to Linaclotide; or to any other medications or allergies in general.
Also it is best to notify your doctor of your medical history. Inform you doctor if you have had any of the following; stomach/intestinal blockage.
Some side effects may occur while taking this mediation, they are as follows; Diarrhea, bloating, gas, or stomach/abdominal pain/discomfort may occur. However, if these symptoms do persist or worsen, it is best to consult with your doctor.
If you are experiencing any of these rare but very serious side effects, seek medical help right away. The side effects are as follows; severe diarrhea.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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