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(te gas' a rod)In 2007, tegaserod was removed from the U.S. market and was made available only through a restricted distribution program from the manufacturer. Beginning in April 2008, tegaserod will no longer be available through the restricted distribution program; therefore, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has decided to make tegaserod available to physicians for patients in emergency situations that are life-threatening or require hospitalization. If your doctor believes that you should receive tegaserod, he or she may contact the FDA for more information. If you are receiving tegaserod through the restricted distribution program, you should talk to your doctor about switching to another treatment.
Before taking tegaserod,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to tegaserod or any other medications.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, herbal products, or nutritional supplements you are taking. Your doctor may need to adjust the dose of your medications or monitor you more carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have diarrhea now or if you often have diarrhea; if you have or have ever had gallbladder, kidney, or liver disease; a blockage in your intestines or unexplained stomach pain; abdominal surgery (surgery on the area between your chest and hips); jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (blockage of bile or digestive juices flowing into the intestine that causes pain and/or jaundice); or ischemic colitis (decreased blood flow to the intestines causing rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhea, or stomach pain).
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking tegaserod, call your doctor. Do not breast-feed while you are taking tegaserod.
- you may have some diarrhea, especially during your first week of taking tegaserod. However, if you have a lot of diarrhea, or if you also have severe cramping, dizziness, light-headedness, fainting, blurred vision, upset stomach or a fast heartbeat, you should stop taking tegaserod and call your doctor immediately.
- leg or back pain
- joint pain or problems
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- runny nose, congestion, or other cold symptoms
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, or eyes
- difficulty breathing and swallowing