If you are about to start Linzess, speak with your doctor about what you need to know.
Before starting the treatment your doctor should be informed about condition such as:
Allergy: Inform your doctor if you are allergic to any food, preservatives, dyes, or had an allergic reaction when you used this drug before.
Children: Use in children is not recommended because of the toxicity related to Linaclotide.
Elderly: This medicine does not cause any different side effects or problem than it does in younger adults.
Pregnancy: It is a category C drug. There are no studies done which prove its safety during pregnancy. Consult your doctor and discuss the benefits and risks of using Linaclotide while you are pregnant.
Breastfeeding: There are no adequate studies which prove that Linaclotide passes into breast milk. If you are using Linaclotide while nursing, discuss it with your doctor for possible risk factors.
Drug Interactions: Linaclotide interacts with many drugs. It should not be used with several drugs. Your doctor should be informed of any other medicine which you are taking as he/she may change the dosage or drug.
Other Medical Conditions: Several other conditions may reduce its effectiveness.
Make sure you inform your doctor of conditions such as stomach or bowel (large and small intestine) blockage, should not be used with this condition.
3 Proper Usage
Linzess should be use as directed by your doctor.it comes with an extra patient information guidance sheet called Medication guide. Read and understand it.
Linaclotide should be taken by mouth on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before breakfast or first meal of the day. Do not crush or chew before swallowing.
If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, you may mix the contents with applesauce or water. It should not be used by children under 18 years of age.
Dosage: Drug dose is different for different people based on body weight. You should follow your doctor’s direction. The following information is an average dose of this drug.
For oral dosage form (capsules):
For Chronic Idiopathic Constipation: Adults: 145 micrograms (mcg) once per day.
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