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How Are IBS-C and CIC Typically Treated?

There is no cure for IBS-C or CIC, but there are ways to help cope with symptoms.

Make Changes to Your Diet.

Fiber in your diet may help create softer stools that are easier to pass. Foods high in fiber include fruits, vegetables, beans, and bran flakes. For people suffering from IBS-C, certain foods are commonly known to worsen symptoms; these include fatty foods, alcohol, and caffeinated drinks like coffee or soda. These types of foods should be avoided. Also, eating large meals can sometimes trigger symptoms. Having smaller portions or smaller meals more often may help.

Drink Plenty of Water.

About 6-8 glasses of water per day are important to stay hydrated.

More Exercise, Less Stress.

Increased exercise and stress reduction have also been shown to help relieve symptoms. Learning relaxation techniques may help in stressful situations, and increasing exercise like walking and yoga may also be helpful. Please check with your doctor before changing your diet or starting an exercise program.

In addition to diet and exercise, OTC laxatives and stool softeners are approved to treat occasional constipation. However, these products are not intended for long-term treatment of constipation without the supervision of a physician and they are not FDA approved for the treatment of IBS-C.

There are a limited number of prescription treatments available that are FDA approved for CIC, IBS-C or both.

LINZESS Is a Prescription Option.

There's a prescription treatment option called LINZESS® (linaclotide) that helps you proactively manage your symptoms of IBS-C or CIC.

Talk to your doctor about your symptoms and see if LINZESS is right for you.

LINZESS is a prescription medication used in adults to treat IBS-C and CIC. "Idiopathic" means the cause of the constipation is unknown. It is not known if LINZESS is safe and effective in children.

LINZESS is not a laxative. It is a once-daily capsule approved to help relieve the abdominal pain and constipation of IBS-C, and the symptoms of CIC, including hard and infrequent stools, and incomplete bowel movements.

Please see Important Risk Information about LINZESS.

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What is LINZESS?

LINZESS® (linaclotide) is a prescription medication used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). "Idiopathic" means the cause of the constipation is unknown. It is not known if LINZESS is safe and effective in children.

IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

  • Do not give LINZESS to children who are under 6 years of age. It may harm them.
  • You should not give LINZESS to children 6 to 17 years of age. It may harm them.
  • Do not take LINZESS if a doctor has told you that you have a bowel blockage (intestinal obstruction).

Before you take LINZESS, tell your doctor:

  • If you have any other medical conditions.
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if LINZESS will harm your unborn baby.
  • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if LINZESS passes into your breast milk.
  • About all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Side Effects

LINZESS can cause serious side effects, including diarrhea, the most common side effect, which can sometimes be severe. Diarrhea often begins within the first 2 weeks of LINZESS treatment. Stop taking LINZESS and call your doctor right away if you get severe diarrhea during treatment with LINZESS.

Other common side effects of LINZESS include gas, stomach-area (abdominal) pain, swelling, or a feeling of fullness or pressure in your abdomen (distension). Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of LINZESS. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

In addition, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you develop unusual or severe stomach-area (abdominal) pain, especially if you also have bright red, bloody stools or black stools that look like tar.

How to Take LINZESS

Take LINZESS exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Take LINZESS one time each day on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day. Swallow LINZESS capsules whole. Do not break or chew the capsules.

Storing LINZESS

Store LINZESS at room temperature (68°F to 77°F), and keep LINZESS in the bottle it comes in. Keep the LINZESS bottle tightly closed, in a dry place, and keep the desiccant packet (the drying agent) in the bottle. Keep LINZESS out of the reach of children.

Please also see the Medication Guide within the full Prescribing Information.

IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

  • Do not give LINZESS to children who are under 6 years of age. It may harm them.
  • You should not give LINZESS to children 6 to 17 years of age. It may harm them.
  • Do not take LINZESS if a doctor has told you that you have a bowel blockage (intestinal obstruction).

What is LINZESS?

LINZESS® (linaclotide) is a prescription medication used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). "Idiopathic" means the cause of the constipation is unknown. It is not known if LINZESS is safe and effective in children.

Before you take LINZESS, tell your doctor:

  • If you have any other medical conditions.
  • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if LINZESS will harm your unborn baby.
  • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if LINZESS passes into your breast milk.
  • About all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Side Effects

LINZESS can cause serious side effects, including diarrhea, the most common side effect, which can sometimes be severe. Diarrhea often begins within the first 2 weeks of LINZESS treatment. Stop taking LINZESS and call your doctor right away if you get severe diarrhea during treatment with LINZESS.

Other common side effects of LINZESS include gas, stomach-area (abdominal) pain, swelling, or a feeling of fullness or pressure in your abdomen (distension). Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of LINZESS. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

In addition, call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you develop unusual or severe stomach-area (abdominal) pain, especially if you also have bright red, bloody stools or black stools that look like tar.

How to Take LINZESS

Take LINZESS exactly as your doctor tells you to take it. Take LINZESS one time each day on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day. Swallow LINZESS capsules whole. Do not break or chew the capsules.

Storing LINZESS

Store LINZESS at room temperature (68°F to 77°F), and keep LINZESS in the bottle it comes in. Keep the LINZESS bottle tightly closed, in a dry place, and keep the desiccant packet (the drying agent) in the bottle. Keep LINZESS out of the reach of children.

Please also see the Medication Guide within the full Prescribing Information.