Linaclotide works by increasing the amount of fluid in the intestine and causing the content to move more quickly and ease the passage of stools.
It is available in the form of capsules and only with your doctor’s prescription.
2 What to Know Before Using
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.
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