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   Tegaserod Hydrogen Maleate

Tegaserod Hydrogen Maleate
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This medication is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in women who have constipation as a major symptom. Tegaserod relieves constipation by shortening the time stool remains in the bowel, reducing stomach pain and bloating.This medication should not be used to treat IBS in women who have diarrhea as their major symptom, or if you currently have diarrhea or a history of frequent diarrhea.This medication has not been shown to work in men with IBS.This medication has been withdrawn from the U.S. market due to safety problems (slight increase in risk of heart attack/stroke). Talk with your doctor about other treatment options for your condition.

 
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Tegaserod Hydrogen Maleate

Uses
This medication is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in women who have constipation as a major symptom. Tegaserod relieves constipation by shortening the time stool remains in the bowel, reducing stomach pain and bloating.This medication should not be used to treat IBS in women who have diarrhea as their major symptom, or if you currently have diarrhea or a history of frequent diarrhea.This medication has not been shown to work in men with IBS.This medication has been withdrawn from the U.S. market due to safety problems (slight increase in risk of heart attack/stroke). Talk with your doctor about other treatment options for your condition.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature (77 degrees F or 25 degree C) away from light and moisture.
  • Brief storage between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted.
  • Do not freeze.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include: severe diarrhea and severe headache.

How To Use
  • Take this medication by mouth, usually twice daily before meals; or as directed by your doctor.
  • Take this medication for 4 to 6 weeks.
  • If your symptoms improve, your doctor may recommend a second 4 to 6 weeks of treatment.

Side Effects
  • Headache or joint pain may occur.
  • If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he/she has judged the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.If diarrhea occurs, it may be only temporary during the first week of treatment.
  • If it occurs, your doctor may recommend that you drink plenty of liquids to avoid becoming dehydrated.
  • If the diarrhea does not resolve on its own after 2 days or if you feel very weak, have severe cramping, dizziness/lightheadedness/fainting, or irregular heartbeats, stop tegaserod and tell your doctor immediately.If you experience different or suddenly worsening stomach/abdominal pain compared to your regular IBS symptoms, with or without bloody stools, stop taking this medication and tell your doctor immediately.
  • This could be a sign of a rare but serious intestinal problem (ischemic colitis).Seek immediate medical attention if the following rare but very serious side effects occur: chest/jaw pain or discomfort, weakness on one side of your body, slurred speech, confusion.An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking tegaserod, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies.This medication is not recommended for use if you have the following medical conditions: severe kidney disease, moderate to severe liver disease, a history of certain stomach disorders (e.g., bowel obstruction, symptomatic gallbladder disease, suspected sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, or abdominal adhesions).Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: current or repeat episodes of diarrhea or stomach/abdominal pain.Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication.
  • Tegaserod should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Breast-feeding while using this medication is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

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