Linzess: Uses, Side Effects

Linzess (linaclotide) works by increasing the secretion of chloride and water in the intestines, which can soften stools and stimulate bowel movements. It is a prescription medicine used to treat chronic constipation, or chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in adults who have had constipation as the main symptom. The safety and effectiveness of Linzess has not been established in patients under 18 years of age.

 

What should you know before taking this medicine?

You should not use Linzess if you are allergic to linaclotide, or if you have:

  • A blockage in your intestines.

Linzess should not be given to a child younger than 6 years old, for it can cause severe dehydration in a child. Do not give this medicine to any child or teenager without the advice of a doctor.

It is not known whether Linzess will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.

It is not known whether linaclotide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

Side effects

Common Linzess side effects may include:

  • Diarrhea;
  • Stomach pain;
  • Gas; or
  • Bloating or full feeling in your stomach.

Stop using Linzess and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Severe or ongoing diarrhea;
  • Diarrhea with dizziness or a light-headed feeling (like you might pass out);
  • Signs of an electrolyte imbalance – increased thirst or urination, leg cramps, mood changes, confusion, feeling unsteady, irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, muscle weakness or limp feeling;
  • Severe stomach pain; or
  • Black, bloody, or tarry stools.

 

What other drugs will affect Linzess?

Other drugs may interact with linaclotide, including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all medications you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment.

 

Keyword: Linzess; linaclotide

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.