Zelnorm

Zelnorm is a drug for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that was withdrawn from sale and distribution in the United States on March 30, 2007. In certain emergency situations, Zelnorm may still be used.

How Zelnorm Works

Zelnorm works by increasing serotonin action inside the intestines; extra serotonin action results in faster stool movement through a person's bowels.

Zelnorm is used for treating irritable bowel syndrome that is chronic and severe in women suffering from a main bowel problem of constipation (though not diarrhea). Zelnorm may also be used for reducing the symptoms of chronic constipation in people under the age of 55. It is also used to treat other disorders not specifically mentioned here.

Important Information Related to Zelnorm

Zelnorm is a drug for treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) that was withdrawn from sale and distribution in the United States on March 30, 2007. In certain emergency situations, Zelnorm may still be used.

Zelnorm should not be used if the main symptom of your irritable bowel condition is diarrhea. Zelnorm should also not be used by individuals allergic to tegaserod, nor by individuals with histories of heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, angina that ins not controlled, depression, anxiety, diabetes, high triglycerides, or high cholesterol. Do not use Zelnorm if you are above the age of 55, if you smoke or are overweight, or have had suicidal thoughts or actions in the past.

Additionally, you should tell your doctor before taking Zelnorm if you have intestinal issues including or related to blockage, problems in the galbladder, kidney or liver diseases, or other intestinal disorders related to the intestines or stomach.

Things to Discuss with a Physician

Do not use Zelnorm if you have an allergy to tegaserod. Additionally, Zelnorm should not be used if you have previously had heart attacks, strokes, high blood pressure, or other conditions referenced above. Additionally, before you start taking Zelnorm, inform your doctor if you have diarrhea as a main symptom of irritable bowel syndrome, as well as numerous diseases of the intestines. Your doctor may need to perform tests before you take Zelnorm.

Zelnorm is not expected to bring harm to an unborn baby. You should still tell your doctor if you are expecting a child or if you have plans to conceive a child while you are using Zelnorm. Remember that there is no clinical evidence of Zelnorm aiding men afflicted with irritable bowel syndrome.

When Taking Zelnorm

You should use Zelnorm exactly as your doctor has prescribed it to you. You should not take larger or longer doses of Zelnorm than your doctor has recommended, and should abide by the instructions on your prescription label.

Zelnorm should be taken simultaneously with water in a glass. It should also be taken when the stomach is empty, and is typically taken twice a day. However, follow the instructions given to you by your doctor.

You may need to take Zelnorm for up to two weeks before you begin to feel alleviation in your symptoms. To ensure best results, you should continue to use Zelnorm as directed by your doctor. However, speak to youru doctor if you have taken Zelnorm for more than four to six weeks without showing signs of improvement. It is important to remember that Zelnorm will not cure irritable bowel syndrome; cessation of taking Zelnorm may result in a return of symptoms in one or two weeks.

Zelnorm should be kept free from heat and moisture, and should be stored at room temperature.

In Case of Missed Dosage

If you forget to take Zelnorm, you should skip the dose you missed and not take any Zelnorm until it is time to take another dose. You should not consume extra doses because you missed a scheduled dose of Zelnorm.

In Case of Overdose

Immediately seek medical help if you believe you've overdosed on Zelnorm. Potential symptoms may include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, or stomach pain.

Things to Avoid While Taking Zelnorm

Consult your doctor for information on activities, foods, or beverages to avoid while using Zelnorm.