IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.
ALOSETRON - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lotronex
WARNING: Alosetron has rarely caused serious, sometimes fatal intestinal side effects including constipation and ischemic colitis. You should not use this medication if you have ever had problems from blocked blood flow to the bowel (ischemic colitis).
This medication should only be used in women with severe cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) where the major symptom is diarrhea. If you experience constipation, new or worsening bowel pains, or blood in your diarrhea or stool, stop taking this drug and seek immediate medical attention.
Before your doctor can prescribe this medication for you, your doctor must have completed the Prescribing Program for Lotronex (PPL).
Only carefully selected patients may use this medication. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information about the risks and benefits of using this medication.
USES: This medication is used to treat severe cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in women who have diarrhea as a major symptom.
Alosetron is not effective in men with IBS.
This medication is not recommended for use in children because of the serious side effects that have been seen in adults.
HOW TO USE: Read and complete the Patient-Physician Agreement form provided by your doctor. Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using alosetron and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Your prescription must have a sticker affixed to it in order for your pharmacy to dispense you a supply of this medicine.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. Do not begin this medication if you are currently constipated. Contact your doctor for further instructions.
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