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MAKE A GAME
PLAN FOR IBS-C

Along with treatment, healthy diet and lifestyle habits can help with managing your symptoms. But when it’s tough to stick to your routine, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Consider these strategies so you can be confident and comfortable no matter what life throws your way.

Your Game Plan Helps Put You in Control

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Don’t Miss a Meal

There’s no need to fret when it comes to eating out. Check out the menu ahead of time, keep an eye on portion control, and consider passing on rich and fried foods. Many restaurants now offer gluten-free and dairy-free options, opt for one of these and indulge without the worry. Bon Appétit!

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A Night on the Town

Hanging out with friends is a great way to blow off steam, and you don’t have to miss out on the fun just because you have IBS-C. Yes, certain beverages can be triggers, but that’s not to say they can’t be enjoyed within reason. Swap sugary sodas for unsweetened cranberry juice, a Low FODMAP fave for cocktails (or mocktails!).

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Stay on Track When You’re Go-Go-Go

Running around town with a full day of errands can throw your schedule—and eating habits—out of whack. There’s no need to go hungry. In fact, it’s much better for your digestion to eat small meals regularly. Pack a gut-friendly snack pack and remember to take quick meal breaks. Forgot to pack your healthy snacks? Swap the burger for a grilled chicken wrap at your local fast-food joint if you’re in a pinch.

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Manage Your Symptoms and Your Workload

Staying on track while on the job shouldn’t be a problem. Mid-morning slump? Keep in mind when heading to the coffee cart that caffeine can be a trigger. You might want to reconsider that second cup of coffee, or even better, swap it for green tea when you need a pick-me-up. And while you wait, deep breaths can be a great distraction, and a great de-stresser. Keep calm and work on.

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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).