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Tegaserod Oral tablet
Generic Name: tegaserod
Brand Names: Zelnorm
What is this medicine?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.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- 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
How should I use this medicine?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 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 may interact with this medicine?
- medicines for bowel problems or bladder incontinence (these can cause constipation)
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.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?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):
- mild dizziness
- nausea or vomiting
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.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.