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    What is Tegaserod used for?

    Tegaserod is an oral medication prescribed for the treatment of chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in women in whom constipation is predominant. It relieves IBS symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, and constipation. This medication belongs to a class of medicines called serotonin agonists. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

    What is the recommended dosage of Tegaserod?

    The dosage of Tegaserod prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

    Tegaserod is usually taken on an empty stomach.

    What if you miss a dose of Tegaserod?

    If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Tegaserod medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

    What if you overdose on Tegaserod?

    Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Tegaserod, seek medical attention immediately.

    What other drugs could interact with Tegaserod?

    Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Tegaserod, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

    Also, tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks containing caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

    What are the side effects of Tegaserod?

    Like other medicines, Tegaserod can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Tegaserod are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

    It is pertinent to note that side effects of Tegaserod cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Tegaserod develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

    Tegaserod can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache, gas, joint pain, and dizziness. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Tegaserod.

    What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Tegaserod?

    Is it possible for me to take Tegaserod with other drugs?
    Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Tegaserod?
    What are the possible drug interactions of Tegaserod?
    How will Tegaserod work in my body?
    How should Tegaserod be taken?
    How to reduce the risk of Tegaserod drug interactions and side effects?

    Note

    The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Tegaserod is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

     

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