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An IBS-C (Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation) or CIC (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation) patient meets with her doctor. An IBS-C (Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation) or CIC (Chronic Idiopathic Constipation) patient meets with her doctor.

KEEPING IN
TOUCH WITH
YOUR DOCTOR

Once you’re on LINZESS, it’s important to continue an open and honest dialogue with your doctor. He or she can keep tabs on your progress and answer any questions you may have about your condition or your treatment.

Get the Most out of Your
Doctor Appointment

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Speak up

Tell your doctor about any symptoms or progress. It’s all important.

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Don’t sugarcoat

Your doc is there to help and listen. Be specific about what you’re experiencing.

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Ask questions

Write them down ahead of time and bring them with you. It’s easy to forget!

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Take notes

Keep track of any goals or next steps needed to continue your progress.

When Can You Expect Relief?

Timing can vary from person to person, but when LINZESS is taken daily, constipation improvement is typically felt in about 1 week. IBS-C patients may begin to experience improvement of overall abdominal symptoms* (pain, discomfort, and bloating) in about 1 week, with symptoms typically improving over 12 weeks.

Remember to take LINZESS as follows:

  • Once a day, every day
  • On an empty stomach
  • Take LINZESS 30 minutes before your first meal of the day
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What are Some Common Side Effects?

Diarrhea is the most common side effect, and often begins within the first 2 weeks of treatment. Other common side effects may include:

  • Gas
  • Abdominal (belly) pain
  • Swelling, or a feeling of fullness or pressure in your abdomen (distension)

Stop taking LINZESS and call your doctor right away if you experience severe diarrhea while taking LINZESS. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of LINZESS. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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Keep the Conversation Going

A little patience, flexibility, and an open dialogue with your doctor can put you on the road to relief. When taken properly and with appropriate adjustments to lifestyle and routine, treatment can be effective and worthwhile. Here are some suggested questions for kicking off a productive conversation.

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IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

  • Do not give LINZESS to children who are less than 2 years of age. It may harm them. LINZESS can cause severe diarrhea and your child could get severe dehydration (loss of a large amount of body water and salt).
  • Do not take LINZESS if a doctor has told you that you have a bowel blockage (intestinal obstruction).

Before you take LINZESS, tell your doctor about your medical conditions, including if you are:

  • Pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if LINZESS will harm your unborn baby.
  • Breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. You and your doctor should decide if you will take LINZESS and breastfeed.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Side Effects

LINZESS can cause serious side effects, including diarrhea, which is the most common side effect and can sometimes be severe. Diarrhea often begins within the first 2 weeks of LINZESS treatment. Stop taking LINZESS and call your doctor right away if you get severe diarrhea during treatment with LINZESS.

Other common side effects of LINZESS include gas, stomach-area (abdominal) pain, swelling, or a feeling of fullness or pressure in your abdomen (distension). Call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you develop unusual or severe stomach-area (abdominal) pain, especially if you also have bright red, bloody stools or black stools that look like tar.

These are not all the possible side effects of LINZESS. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

USES

LINZESS® (linaclotide) is a prescription medication used in adults to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS‑C) and chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). "Idiopathic" means the cause of the constipation is unknown. It is not known if LINZESS is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

If you are having difficulty paying for your medicine, AbbVie and Ironwood may be able to help. Visit AbbVie.com/myAbbVieAssist to learn more.

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IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

  • Do not give LINZESS to children who are less than 2 years of age. It may harm them. LINZESS can cause severe diarrhea and your child could get severe dehydration (loss of a large amount of body water and salt).