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Linzess is a brand name prescription medication that is prescribed to adults over the age of 18 for the treatment of chronic bowel problems, such as chronic constipation (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation) or the digestive disorder Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) in adults who have experienced constipation as their primary IBS symptom. This medication is not meant for anyone under the age of 18 as it could severely harm them.

Linaclotide, the active substance in Linzess, helps to treat constipation by working to increase the secretion of chloride and water in the intestines, helping to speed up how quickly food moves through the gut. This can help to soften stools and encourage bowel movements. Linaclotide may improve the texture of stool as well as decrease symptoms, such as bloating, abdominal discomfort, abdominal pain, straining and the feeling of an incomplete bowel movement.

Be sure to take Linzess exactly as it has been prescribed to you. Do not stop taking this medication or alter your dose without first consulting your doctor. It is not known if Linzess can harm an unborn baby, so inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is also unknown if this drug can pass into breast milk, so inform your doctor if you are breast feeding an infant as well. You should also not take this medication if you have a blockage in your intestine.

Furthermore, be sure to inform your doctor of your full medical history, including past and present medical conditions and any prescription or non-prescription medications you may currently be taking as well as any dietary supplements, to avoid drug interactions.

Common side effects of Linzess of which you should be aware include stomach pain, gas, bloating/swelling, a feeling of fullness or pressure in your abdomen (distension).

That said, Linzess can cause serious side effects in some people. One of these serious adverse effects is diarrhea, which can sometimes be severe. Typically, diarrhea starts within the first two weeks of taking the medication. If you should experience severe diarrhea, stop taking Linzess and consult your doctor immediately. Severe diarrhea could lead to severe dehydration (loss of large amounts of salt and body fluid).

You are advised to call your doctor or to go to your nearest hospital emergency room immediately if you develop unusual or severe abdominal pain, especially if it is accompanied by bright red, bloody stools or black tarry stools.

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