Healthcare providers may prescribe alosetron hydrochloride (Lotronex®) to women who have irritable syndrome (IBS). This medication is reserved for use in women whose primary IBS symptom is diarrhea, and when other treatments have failed to adequately control IBS symptoms.
Alosetron is taken once or twice a day. Your individual dosage will depend on how you respond to the medication, whether you develop side effects, and various other factors. Side effects may occur and include nausea, constipation, and abdominal (stomach) pain.
Although most women tolerate this medication well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with alosetron, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have or any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements).
(Click Alosetron for more information on this IBS treatment, including an explanation of how alosetron works, potential side effects, and important safety concerns to be aware of before taking this drug.)