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Zelnorm Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is tegaserod (Zelnorm)?
- What are the possible side effects of tegaserod (Zelnorm)?
- What is the most important information I should know about tegaserod (Zelnorm)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking tegaserod (Zelnorm)?
- How should I take tegaserod (Zelnorm)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Zelnorm)?
- What happens if I overdose (Zelnorm)?
- What should I avoid while taking tegaserod (Zelnorm)?
- What other drugs will affect tegaserod (Zelnorm)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking tegaserod (Zelnorm)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to tegaserod, or if you have:
- a history of stroke or heart attack;
- untreated or uncontrolled angina (chest pain);
- high blood pressure;
- high cholesterol or triglycerides;
- depression or anxiety;
- if you smoke;
- if you are older than 55 years;
- if you are overweight; or
- if you have a history of suicidal thoughts or actions.
Before taking tegaserod, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:
- diarrhea or if diarrhea is your main symptom of IBS;
- gallbladder problems;
- a blockage in your intestines;
- any other stomach or intestinal disorders;
- kidney disease; or
- liver disease.
If you have any of these conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use tegaserod.
FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether tegaserod passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Tegaserod has not been shown to be helpful for men with irritable bowel syndrome.
How should I take tegaserod (Zelnorm)?
Take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Take this medication with a full glass of water.
Take tegaserod on an empty stomach.
Tegaserod is usually taken twice daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.
It may take up to 2 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, keep using the medication as directed. Talk with your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 4 to 6 weeks of treatment.
Tegaserod is not a cure for irritable bowel syndrome. If you stop taking tegaserod, your symptoms may return within 1 or 2 weeks.
Store tegaserod at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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