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Zelnorm

Generic Name: Tegaserod [ te-GASe-e-rod [ te-HAS-e-rod
Drug Class: Serotoninergic neuroenteric modulators

What is Zelnorm?

Zelnorm enhances the activity of serotonin, a chemical in the digestive tract. This accelerates the flow of stool through the bowels.

Zelnorm is a medication used to treat chronic, severe IBS, which is a chronic condition. (IBS) in women younger than 65 years old who suffer from constipation (and not diarrhea) as their primary digestive problem.Zelnorm can be used for additional uses that are not mentioned in this guideline.

Warnings

Zelnorm is not suitable for use by those suffering from diarrhea as the principal indication caused by their intestinal irritable disorder.It is not recommended to use this medication if your body is allergic to tegaserod or if you've suffered from a heart attack, stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), hypertension, angina that is not controlled, high cholesterol or triglycerides, diabetes, depression, or anxiety.

It is also not recommended to use Zelnorm if you smoke, are more than 65 years old, are overweight, or have any suicidal ideas or behaviours.

Before you take Zelnorm, consult your physician about any gallbladder concerns, a blockage in your stomach, or other intestinal or stomach disorders, kidney disease, or liver disease.

Zelnorm has not been proven to be beneficial for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. Take a break from Zelnorm and contact your doctor immediately if you notice an increase or change in the severity of stomach pain, bloody stools, or diarrhea. You may also experience severe stomach cramps or stomach pain, or you may feel that you may get sick.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't make use of Zelnorm in the event that you are allergic to tegaserod or you are suffering from

  • A history of heart attack, stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA);
  • Angina that is not treated or controlled (chest discomfort);
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol, or triglycerides;
  • Diabetes;
  • Anxiety or depression;
  • If you smoke;
  • If you're older than 65 years old,
  • If you are overweight;
  • If you've had a history of suicidal thoughts or behaviour.

Before you start taking Zelnorm, inform your doctor if you're allergic to any drug or

  • Diarrhea, or if diarrhea is your primary symptom of IBS,
  • Gallbladder issues;
  • A blockage within your intestines.
  • Any additional stomach, intestinal, or intestinal disorder;
  • Kidney disease kidney disease
  • Liver disease.

If you are suffering from any of these issues, You may require an adjustment to your dose or specific tests to use Zelnorm in a safe manner.

Consult your physician if you are expecting or planning to become pregnant while receiving treatment. It isn't known whether Zelnorm could affect your unborn baby.Inform your doctor if you're nursing or planning to breastfeed. It isn't known what happens if Zelnorm gets into the breast milk. It is not recommended to breastfeed while taking Zelnorm.Zelnorm has not been proven to help men who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome.

How to take Zelnorm?

You should take Zelnorm exactly as directed by your physician. Be sure not to consume it in higher doses or for longer periods than prescribed. Follow the instructions on the prescription label.You should take this medication by drinking large glasses of water. Use Zelnorm with a full stomach 30 minutes prior to eating.Zelnorm is typically taken twice a day. Follow the instructions of your physician.

It can take between two and two weeks of taking the medication before your symptoms begin to improve. For the best results, you should continue taking the medication according to the instructions. Consult your physician in the event that your symptoms don't improve after four or six months of therapy.Zelnorm cannot be used as a solution for IBS; it is not a cure. In the event that you cease taking the medication, your symptoms could recur within a couple of weeks.Keep Zelnorm within the room at a temperature that is far from heat and moisture.

What happens If I miss a dose?

If you missed the dose or forgot to take your medication, wait until it's time to take the next dose, and then avoid the dose you missed. Do not take additional medicine to replace the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Contact emergency medical assistance. If you believe you've consumed too much of this drug,The symptoms of an overdose can include stomach pain, diarrhoea, vomiting, and nausea.

What should be avoided?

Follow the instructions of your physician regarding any beverages, food, or activities while taking Zelnorm.

Side effects of Zelnorm

Contact a medical professional immediately in the event that you exhibit any of the following warning signs of an allergic reaction: symptoms of hives, breathing difficulties, and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue. You should stop taking Zelnorm and contact your doctor immediately if you notice severe side effects like:

  • A new or worsening stomach ache;
  • Blood in your stool;
  • Ongoing diarrhea;
  • Extreme stomach cramps or severe stomach pain or cramps.
  • Feeling like you might pass out.

Less severe side effects can be:

  • Headache, dizziness, or migraine;
  • Back joint or back pain;
  • Slight stomach pain, nausea, or gas.

This is not a comprehensive list of all the side effects. Other effects may also be present. Inform your physician about any unusual or unpleasant adverse reactions.

Interaction with other drugs

Other medications can be incompatible with Zelnorm. Discuss with your pharmacist and doctor before using any medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter such as herbal supplements.

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