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Generic: alosetron
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It is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in women
               



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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Constipation is a common and serious side effect of this medicine. Stop taking this medicine and call your health care provider immediately if you become constipated. Only restart this medicine if your constipation has resolved and you and your doctor have agreed to restart treatment. You should not start taking this medicine if you are already constipated or constipated most of the time.

Ischemic colitis is a serious and potentially life- threatening condition that has been rarely reported with this medicine. If you experience new or worsening abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea or blood in the stool, immediately stop taking this medicine and contact your doctor or health care professional.

This medicine may not work for all women who take it. For women who are helped by this medicine, relief may occur within the first week or within four weeks of starting the drug. If you stop taking this medicine, it is likely that your symptoms will return within one week.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Alcohol can increase drowsiness or dizziness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional immediately:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • blood in stool, bloody diarrhea or rectal bleeding
  • constipation
  • dark urine
  • hemorrhoids
  • fever
  • irregular heart beat
  • unusually weak or tired
  • worsening of abdominal pain
  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • anxiety
  • difficulty sleeping
  • dry mouth
  • frequent urination
  • gas
  • headache
  • nausea
  • restlessness

               
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