Generic Name: tegaserod, Oral tablet

Generic Name:

tegaserod, Oral tablet


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  • Zelnorm
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Highlights for tegaserod

Oral tablet
TEGASEROD (te GAS a rod) is used to treat women who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation as their main problem. It may also be used for relief of chronic constipation in patients (men and women) less than 65 years of age. NOTE: This drug is no longer available in the United States. Patients currently taking Tegaserod should contact their prescriber about stopping this medicine and finding alternative therapies. If you have questions about the discontinuation of Zelnorm you may call 1-888-669-6682.
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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tegaserod Side Effects

Oral tablet

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health professional as soon as possible:

  • diarrhea accompanied by severe stomach cramps with or without rectal bleeding, other stomach pain or dizziness
  • new or worsening stomach pain
  • sudden onset of chest pain
  • worsening or prolonged diarrhea

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

  • gas
  • headache
  • heartburn
  • mild dizziness
  • nausea or vomiting
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tegaserod May Interact with Other Medications

Oral tablet
  • medicines for bowel problems or bladder incontinence (these can cause constipation)
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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How to Use tegaserod

Oral tablet

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Take it on an empty stomach shortly before you eat a meal. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • gallbladder disease
  • kidney or liver disease
  • now have diarrhea or have diarrhea often
  • previous heart attack
  • previous stroke
  • rectal bleeding
  • stomach or intestinal disease, including bowel obstruction or abdominal adhesions
  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to tegaserod, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, just skip that dose. Wait until your next dose, and take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Diarrhea is a common side effect that usually happens in the first week of starting the medicine. This will usually last only a few days and will not come back. You should not start taking this medicine if you already have diarrhea or have diarrhea most of the time. Severe or prolonged diarrhea can lead to dehydration, a lack of fluids within your body. If you experience severe cramping, stomach pain, lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting accompanied by diarrhea, tell your doctor or health care professional immediately.

If you get new or worsening stomach pain with or without blood in your stools, call your doctor or health care professional right away.

This medicine may not work for all patients. It may take several weeks for you notice any relief from your symptoms. If this medicine is stopped, it is likely that that your symptoms will return within 1 to 2 weeks.

Your diet and stress levels may affect your course of therapy. If you eat something that seems make constipation worse or if you have significant levels of stress in your life, be sure to discuss this with your health care professional.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degree F). Protect from heat and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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Last Updated: September 3, 2009

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