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Generic Name: Tegaserod (teg-a-SER-od)
Brand Name: Zelnorm
Zelnorm is used for:
Treatment of patients younger than 65 years of age with chronic idiopathic constipation (ie, constipation lasting more than 6 months and not caused by other diseases or medications). It is also used for short term treatment of women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation as their main bowel problem. It may also be used for certain conditions as determined by your doctor, which may not be listed in the professional package insert.
Zelnorm is a selective serotonin receptor agonist. It works by stimulating the release of certain chemicals in the intestines that increase the movement of stools (bowel movement) through the bowel.
Do NOT use Zelnorm if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Zelnorm :
Some medical conditions may interact with Zelnorm . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Zelnorm . However, no specific interactions with this medicine are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Zelnorm may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Zelnorm :
Use Zelnorm as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Zelnorm .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Zelnorm :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include: diarrhea; gas; headache; lightheadedness especially upon standing; nausea; stomach pain; vomiting.Proper storage of Zelnorm :
Store Zelnorm at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C); excursions permitted to 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Zelnorm out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is summary only. It does not contain all information about Zelnorm . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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