Linzess

Linzess Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Linzess (linaclotide) is indicated for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in adults. Common side effects include diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas, and bloating.

The recommended dose of Linzess for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is 290 mcg taken once a day on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before the first meal of the day. The same applies for those with chronic idiopathic constipation only the dosage is 145 mcg. Pediatric patients under the age of 17 should not take Linzess. Linzess may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Linzess should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus. Caution should be exercised when Linzess is administered to nursing women.

Our Linzess (linaclotide) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Linzess in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using linaclotide and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe or ongoing diarrhea;
  • severe stomach pain; or
  • black, bloody, or tarry stools.

Other common side effects may include:

  • mild diarrhea;
  • mild stomach discomfort;
  • heartburn, vomiting, gas, bloating;
  • headache; or
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sinus pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Linzess (Linaclotide Capsules) »

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Linzess FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared with rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

During clinical development, approximately 2570, 2040, and 1220 patients with either IBS-C or CIC were treated with LINZESS for 6 months or longer, 1 year or longer, and 18 months or longer, respectively (not mutually exclusive).

Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C)

Most Common Adverse Reactions

The data described below reflect exposure to LINZESS in the two placebo-controlled clinical trials involving 1605 adult patients with IBS-C (Trials 1 and 2). Patients were randomized to receive placebo or 290 mcg LINZESS once daily on an empty stomach for up to 26 weeks. Demographic characteristics were comparable between treatment groups [see Clinical Studies]. Table 1 provides the incidence of adverse reactions reported in at least 2% of IBS-C patients in the LINZESS treatment group and at an incidence that was greater than in the placebo group.

Table 1: Adverse Reactions Reported in at least 2% of LINZESS-treated Patients and at an Incidence Greater than in Placebo Group Patients in the Two Phase 3 Placebo-controlled Trials (1 and 2) in IBS-C

Adverse Reactions LINZESS 290 mcg
[N=807] %
Placebo
[N=798]%
Gastrointestinal
  Diarrhea 20 3
  Abdominal paina 7 5
  Flatulence 4 2
  Abdominal distension 2 1
Infections and Infestations
  Viral Gastroenteritis 3 1
Nervous System Disorders
  Headache 4 3
a “Abdominal pain” term includes abdominal pain, upper abdominal pain, and lower abdominal pain.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea was the most commonly reported adverse reaction of the LINZESS-treated patients in the pooled IBS-C pivotal placebo-controlled trials. In these trials, 20% of LINZESS-treated patients reported diarrhea compared to 3% of placebo-treated patients. Severe diarrhea was reported in 2% of the LINZESS-treated patients versus less than 1% of the placebo-treated patients, and 5% of LINZESS-treated patients discontinued due to diarrhea vs less than 1% of placebo-treated patients. The majority of reported cases of diarrhea started within the first 2 weeks of LINZESS treatment. Fecal incontinence and dehydration were each reported in less than or equal to 1% of patients in the LINZESS treatment group [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Adverse Reactions Leading to Discontinuation

In placebo-controlled trials in patients with IBS-C, 9% of patients treated with LINZESS and 3% of patients treated with placebo discontinued prematurely due to adverse reactions. In the LINZESS treatment group, the most common reasons for discontinuation due to adverse reactions were diarrhea (5%) and abdominal pain (1%). In comparison, less than 1% of patients in the placebo group withdrew due to diarrhea or abdominal pain.

Adverse Reactions Leading to Dose Reductions

In the open-label, long-term trials, 2147 patients with IBS-C received 290 mcg of LINZESS daily for up to 18 months. In these trials, 29% of patients had their dose reduced or suspended secondary to adverse reactions, the majority of which were diarrhea or other GI adverse reactions.

Other Adverse Reactions

Adverse reactions that were reported in at least 1% and less than 2% of IBS-C patients in the LINZESS treatment group and at an incidence greater than in the placebo treatment group are listed below by body system:

Gastrointestinal Disorders: gastroesophageal reflux disease, vomiting

General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: fatigue

Other Adverse Events

In placebo-controlled trials in patients with IBS-C, less than 1% LINZESS-treated patients and no placebo-treated patients reported hematochezia; no patient in either treatment group reported melena. Less than 1% of LINZESS-treated and placebo-treated patients reported allergic reactions, urticaria, or hives as adverse events.

Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC)

Most Common Adverse Reactions

The data described below reflect exposure to LINZESS in the two double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials of 1275 adult patients with CIC (Trials 3 and 4). Patients were randomized to receive placebo or 145 mcg LINZESS or 290 mcg LINZESS once daily on an empty stomach, for at least 12 weeks. Demographic characteristics were comparable between both LINZESS treatment groups and placebo [see Clinical Studies]. Only data for the recommended LINZESS 145 mcg dose and placebo are presented. Table 2 provides the incidence of adverse reactions reported in at least 2% of CIC patients in the 145 mcg LINZESS treatment group and at an incidence that was greater than in the placebo treatment group.

Table 2: Adverse Reactions Reported in at least 2% of 145 mcg LINZESS-treated Patients and at an Incidence Greater than in Placebo Group Patients in the Two Phase 3 Placebo-controlled Trials (3 and 4) in CIC

Adverse Reactions LINZESS145 mcg
[N=430] %
Placebo
[N=423] %
Gastrointestinal
  Diarrhea 16 5
  Abdominal paina 7 6
  Flatulence 6 5
  Abdominal distension 3 2
Infections and Infestations
  Upper respiratory tract infection 5 4
  Sinusitis 3 2
a “Abdominal pain” term includes abdominal pain, upper abdominal pain, and lower abdominal pain.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea was the most commonly reported adverse reaction of the LINZESS-treated patients in the pooled CIC placebo-controlled trials. In these trials, 16% of LINZESS-treated patients reported diarrhea compared to 5% of placebo-treated patients. Severe diarrhea was reported in 2% of the 145 mcg LINZESS-treated patients versus less than 1% of the placebo-treated patients, and 5% of LINZESS-treated patients discontinued due to diarrhea vs less than 1% of placebo-treated patients. The majority of reported cases of diarrhea started within the first 2 weeks of LINZESS treatment. Fecal incontinence was reported in 1% of patients in the LINZESS treatment group, compared with less than 1% in the placebo group. Dehydration was reported in less than 1% of patients in the LINZESS treatment group [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Adverse Reactions Leading to Discontinuation

In placebo-controlled trials in patients with CIC, 8% of patients treated with LINZESS and 4% of patients treated with placebo discontinued prematurely due to adverse reactions. In the 145 mcg LINZESS treatment group, the most common reasons for discontinuation due to adverse reactions were diarrhea (5%) and abdominal pain (1%). In comparison, less than 1% of patients in the placebo group withdrew due to diarrhea or abdominal pain.

Adverse Reactions Leading to Dose Reductions

In the open-label, long-term trials, 1129 patients with CIC received 290 mcg of LINZESS daily for up to 18 months. In these trials, 27% of patients had their dose reduced or suspended secondary to adverse reactions, the majority of which were diarrhea or other GI adverse reactions.

Other Adverse Reactions

Adverse reactions that were reported in at least 1% of and less than 2% of CIC patients in the 145 mcg LINZESS treatment group and at an incidence greater than in the placebo treatment group are listed below by body system:

Gastrointestinal Disorders: dyspepsia, fecal incontinence

Infections and Infestations: viral gastroenteritis

Other Adverse Events

In placebo-controlled trials in patients with CIC, less than 1% of both LINZESS-treated and placebo-treated patients reported rectal hemorrhage, hematochezia or melena. Less than 1% of LINZESS-treated and placebo-treated patients reported allergic reactions, urticaria, or hives as adverse events.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Linzess (Linaclotide Capsules) »

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