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Tegaserod Dosing

For people with chronic idiopathic constipation, the recommended tegaserod dosage is 6 mg twice daily before meals. The recommended tegaserod dose for treating irritable bowel syndrome with constipation in women is 6 mg twice daily for four to six weeks. A few of the factors that can affect tegaserod dosing include your age, other drugs you may be currently taking, and other medical conditions you may have.

Tegaserod Dosage: An Overview

The dose of tegaserod maleate (Zelnorm®) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your age
  • The medical condition you are being treated for
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
     
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
In March 2007, Zelnorm was taken off the market in the United States because it was shown to increase the risk for a heart attack, angina, or stroke. In July 2007, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Zelnorm will be available to people who meet certain criteria through a special program called a "treatment IND" (see Zelnorm Recall for more information). However, as of April 2, 2008, Zelnorm is no longer available under the treatment IND program, although it may still be available in certain emergency situations.
 

Tegaserod Dosing for IBS With Constipation

For the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation in women, the suggested dose is tegaserod 6 mg taken by mouth twice daily before meals for four to six weeks. If tegaserod is helping with your symptoms of IBS, your healthcare provider may decide to keep you on tegaserod for an additional four to six weeks.
 

Tegaserod Maleate

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