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Chronic Idiopathic Constipation
Two studies have looked at using tegaserod for long-term constipation with no apparent cause in people less than 65 years old. In these studies, 43 to 45 percent of people who took tegaserod had at least one normal bowel movement per week, compared to only 25 to 28 percent of people who did not take tegaserod. People who took tegaserod also had less straining, bloating, and pain.
When the drug was looked at for chronic idiopathic constipation in people ages 65 and older, these studies did not show any difference between people who took tegaserod and people who did not. This could mean that tegaserod is not effective for constipation relief in people 65 and older, or it could mean that the studies did not look at enough people ages 65 and older to be able to notice a difference. The medicine has not been studied as a treatment for constipation in children or for infant constipation.
(Click Causes of Constipation to learn about what can cause constipation.)

When and How Do I Take It?

Some general considerations for when and how to take this product include:
  • Tegaserod comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth twice a day before meals (on an empty stomach).
  • For IBS, tegaserod is taken for four to six weeks. If the drug is working for you, your healthcare provider may keep you on tegaserod for an additional four to six weeks.
  • It should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
  • For tegaserod to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.

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