What is this medication?
LINACLOTIDE (lin a KLOE tide) treats irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation as the main problem. It is also used for relief of chronic constipation.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Linzess
What should I tell my care team before I take this medication?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
How should I use this medication?
Take this medicine by mouth with water. Take it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Do not cut, crush or chew this medicine. Swallow the capsules whole. Take it on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day. Keep taking it unless your health care provider tells you to stop.
A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this medicine in children. It is not approved for use in children.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, skip it. Take your next dose at the normal time. Do not take extra or 2 doses at the same time to make up for the missed dose.
What may interact with this medication?
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Visit your health care provider for regular checks on your progress. Tell your health care provider if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
Diarrhea is a common side effect of this medicine. It often begins within 2 weeks of starting this medicine. Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor if you get severe diarrhea.
Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you develop unusual or severe stomach pain, especially if you also have bright red, bloody stools or black stools that look like tar.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medication?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Where should I keep my medication?
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature at 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Keep this medicine in the original container. Protect from moisture. Keep the container tightly closed. Do not throw out the packet in the container. It keeps the medicine dry. Get rid of any unused medicine after the expiration date.
To get rid of medicines that are no longer needed or have expired:
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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