TEGASEROD (te GAS a rod) is used to treat adult women less than 65 years of age who have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation as their main problem.
Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Take it at least 30 minutes before meals. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
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 pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
chest pain or chest tightness
signs and symptoms of a stroke like changes in vision; confusion; trouble speaking or understanding; severe headaches; sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg; trouble walking; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
medicines for bowel problems or bladder incontinence (these can cause constipation)
If you miss a dose, just skip that dose. Wait until your next dose, and take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degree F). Protect from heat and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
high blood pressure
history of stroke
now have diarrhea or have diarrhea often
previous heart attack
stomach or intestine problems
suicidal thoughts, plans or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by your or a family member
an unusual or allergic reaction to tegaserod, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Diarrhea is a common side effect that usually happens in the first week of starting the medicine. This will usually last only a few days and will not come back. You should not start taking this medicine if you already have diarrhea or have diarrhea most of the time. Severe or prolonged diarrhea can lead to dehydration, a lack of fluids within your body. If you experience severe cramping, stomach pain, lightheadedness, dizziness or fainting accompanied by diarrhea, tell your doctor or health care professional immediately.
If you get new or worsening stomach pain with or without blood in your stools, call your doctor or health care professional right away.