Drug name: Linzess
Generic name: Linaclotide
Strengths: 72 mcg, 145 mcg, 290 mcg
Linaclotide is used to treat constipation caused by irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC).
It works by increasing the amount of fluid in your intestines and assisting food flow through the gut. Linaclotide may help with bloating, stomach pain/discomfort, straining, and the sensation of incomplete bowel motions by improving stool texture.
Because of the potential of significant adverse effects, this medicine should not be given to children under the age of 6.
Linzess for Constipation
You may have a kind of chronic constipation called irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) if you experience constipation with abdominal symptoms that come and go.
If your constipation persists or seems to continue for an extended period of time, it might be chronic idiopathic constipation if you’ve had it for 3 months or longer. The term “idiopathic” refers to a condition where the cause is uncertain.
The recommended dosage is:
- Linzess 290 mcg for IBS‐C patients
- Linzess 145 mcg for CIC patients
Linzess is taken once a day in the form of a capsule. It should be taken at least thirty minutes before to breakfast (or your first meal of the day).
Linzess Side Effects
- Stomach pain/discomfort
- Cold symptoms
- Severe/ongoing diarrhea
- Diarrhea with associated dizziness/ light-headedness
- Severe allergic reaction
This drug might cause serious adverse effects. If you have any significant side effects, contact your doctor immediately, or dial 911 or your local emergency number.
These aren’t the only adverse effects that come with it. Other, perhaps more rare side effects should be discussed with your doctor and pharmacist. Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor about any allergies you have, medications you are taking, and any previous medical history you have.
Linzess weight loss
When using Linzess, it’s possible that you’ll gain or lose weight. This medication has been linked to both weight reduction and increase.
This medication has the potential to interact with other medications. Tell your doctor about all of the drugs you’re taking.
During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
This medication should only be taken during pregnancy if the possible benefit outweighs the fetus’s risk. Linzess should be given with caution to breastfeeding mothers. Before you start nursing, make sure to speak to your doctor first.
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