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How does Linzess help chronic constipation?

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Linaclotide (Linzess) helps relieve constipation by helping bowel movements come more often. It is not approved for use in those age 17 years and younger. It's a capsule taken once daily on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before the first meal of the day. The most common side effect of Linzess is diarrhea.

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves New Prescription Drug for Adults for the Treatment of Chronic 'Idiopathic' Constipation." Medline Plus: "Lubriprostone." Familydoctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet." FDA: "FDA approves Linzess to treat certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation."



Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on May 13, 2020

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves New Prescription Drug for Adults for the Treatment of Chronic 'Idiopathic' Constipation." Medline Plus: "Lubriprostone." Familydoctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet." FDA: "FDA approves Linzess to treat certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation."



Reviewed by Gabriela Pichardo on May 13, 2020

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