What is Linzess

Linzess is a medication used to treat symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Chronic Idiopathic Constipation. Linzess may be used on its own or with other medicines. Linzess is a class of drugs called IBS Agents; Gastrointestinal, Guanylate Cyclase-C Agonists. Linzess helps to increase the secretion of chloride and water in the intestines, which may soften stools and stimulate bowel movements. Linzess is a prescription medication used to treat bowel problems or chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in people who have had constipation as their main symptom.


Linzess Uses

Linzess is being used to treat certain types of gastrointestinal issues (irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, chronic idiopathic constipation). It tends to work by increasing fluid in your intestines and by helping to speed up the movement of food through the intestines. Linzess may improve stool texture and reduce symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain/discomfort, straining, and feelings of incomplete bowel movements.


Linzess Side effects

Some of the common side effects of Linzess are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach Pain
  • Gas
  • Bloating

Some of the serious causes of Linzess are:

  • Diarrhea with dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Increased thirst or Urination
  • Leg Cramps
  • Feeling Unsteady
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • Fluttering in the chest
  • Muscle weakness
  • Limp feeling

If you have any of these serious symptoms immediately contact your doctor for further assistance. In any case, due to Linzess if you get any kind of reactions in your body try avoiding it.

A doctor advised you to take the medicines by seeing your problems and the benefits of this medicine are greater than the side effects. Majority of the people who use this medicine don’t show any side effects. Get medical help immediately if you get any serious Linzess side effects.


Precautions

Before taking Linzess talk with your doctor if you are allergic to it or any other medications. The product may contain some inactive ingredients that can cause some serious allergic reactions or some other serious problems.

Before using the medication talk with your doctor if you are having any medical history such as:

  • Stomach and Intestinal Blockage
  • Kidney failure
  • Lungs failure

How to take Linzess?

Take this medicine orally on an empty stomach as directed by the doctor, usually at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day. Swallow the capsules together. Do not chew or break the capsules. If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, it can be opened and the contents mixed in a teaspoonful of apple sauce. Swallow the mixture right away, without chewing.


Dosage

Irritable intestinal syndrome with constipation (IBS-C)

The usual dose of LINZESS is 290 mcg orally once daily.

Idiopathic Chronic Constipation (CIC)

The usual dose of LINZESS is 145 mcg orally once daily. The dose of 72 mcg once daily may be used on the basis of individual presentation or tolerability.


Missed Dose

Missing one or two-dose of Linzess won’t show any effect on your body. The skipped dose causes no problem. But with some medication, it won’t work if you don’t take the dosage on time. If you miss a dose some sudden chemical change may affect your body. In some cases, your doctor would advise you to take the prescribed medicine as soon as possible if you have missed the dose.


Overdose

Overdose of a drug can be accidental. If you have taken more than the prescribed Linzess tablets there is a chance of getting a harmful effect on your body’s functions. Overdose of a medicine can lead to some medical emergency


Warning for Some Serious Health Conditions

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

Linzess has not been adequately assessed in pregnant women. It is not known whether linaclotide is excreted from human milk. Linzess is unlikely to be excreted in breast milk because it is poorly absorbed and therefore undetectable in the blood at recommended doses.


Storage

Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. The exposure of medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.

Mainly the drug should be kept at room temperature between 68ºF and 77ºF (20ºC and 25ºC).

Before taking Linzess consult your Doctor. In case if you face any problems or get any side effects after taking Linzess rush immediately to your nearby hospital or consult your doctor for better treatment. Carry your medications always in your bag while travelling to avoid any immediate emergencies. Follow your prescription and follow your Doctor advice whenever you take Linzess.


Linzess Vs Bisacodyl

Linzess

Bisacodyl

Linzess is a medication used to treat symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Chronic Idiopathic Constipation. Linzess may be used on its own or with other medicines Bisacodyl is an Over-the-counter medication which is used for the treatment of constipation. It is also known as the Stimulant laxative. This works by increasing the movement of the intestines and also helps the stool to come out.
Linzess is being used to treat certain types of gastrointestinal issues (irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, chronic idiopathic constipation) Bisacodyl is used for the treatment of constipation. It may also be used to clean the intestines prior to the intestinal/surgical examination. Bisacodyl is known to be a stimulant laxative.
Some of the serious causes of Linzess are:
  • Diarrhea with dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Increased thirst or Urination
  • Leg Cramps
  • Feeling Unsteady
Some of the serious side effects of Bisacodyl are:
  • Dizziness
  • Blood in stool
  • Vomiting
  • Vertigo
  • Abdominal cramping
  • Rectal burning

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Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly does Linzess do?

Linzess is used to treat certain types of intestinal problems (irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, chronic idiopathic constipation). It works by increasing fluid in your intestines and by helping to speed up the movement of food through the intestines.

How is Linzess different from a laxative?

LINZESS is not a laxative. It is a once-daily capsule that can help you manage chronic constipation symptoms proactively, including stomach pain and overall abdominal symptoms associated with IBS-C.

What are the side effects of Linzess?

Some of the serious causes of Linzess are:

  • Diarrhea with dizziness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Increased thirst or Urination
  • Leg Cramps
  • Feeling Unsteady

Why do you have to take Linzess on an empty stomach?

Linzess should be taken on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes before the first meal of the day to reduce the risk of gastrointestinal intolerance.

Will Linzess help me poop?

LINZESS is a once-daily prescription treatment for adults with Irritable Bowel Constipation Syndrome (IBS-C) or Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC). It helps relieve stomach pain as well as overall abdominal symptoms and allows you to have more frequent and complete bowel movements that are easier to get through.

Does linzess work better than MiraLax?

But Linzess is fairly new, so its safety profile is not fully established, and both Amitiza and Linzess are expensive prescription drugs. Our review of the evidence shows that it can be no more effective than MiraLax or lactulose.

Does linzess cure IBS?

Linzess is specifically used to treat constipation irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C). Linzess is also used for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in adults. Bentyl and Linzess belong to different classes of drugs.


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