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Tegaserod

INFORMATION

Uses

Tegaserod is used in the treatment of heartburn and indigestion.

How it works

Tegaserod indirectly stimulates the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that can increase the motility of the intestine.

Common side effects

Nausea, Decreased white blood cell count (neutrophils), Abdominal pain, Abnormal heart rhythm, Chest pain, Bile duct stone, Decreased blood pressure, Dizziness, Difficulty in controlling bowel movements, Flushing, Gangrenous bowel, Gastrointestinal disturbance, Headache, Increased white blood cell count (eosinophils), Increased appetite, Itching, Decreased white blood cell count, Rash, Rectal pain, Restlessness, Sleep disorder, Stomach inflammation, Stomach upset, Vomiting

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Expert advice

• Take tegaserod on an empty stomach, shortly before your meal. 
• Discontinue tegaserod immediately if you experience symptoms of ischemic colitis such as rectal bleeding, bloody diarrhea, or new/worsened abdominal pain.
• Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe diarrhea, lightheadedness, dizziness, fainting, bloody stools, or new or increased stomach pain.
• Exercise caution if you are an elderly patient. 
• Do not drive vehicles or operate heavy machineries as tegaserod may cause dizziness.
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy or breastfeeding.
• Should not be given to patients allergic to tegaserod or any of its ingredients. 
• Should not be given to patients with history of bowel obstruction (blockage of small or large intestine), symptomatic gallbladder disease, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (functional disorders leading to abdominal pain due to dysfunction of the Sphincter muscle) or abdominal adhesions (bands of fibrous scar tissue that form on organs in the abdomen.

Frequently asked questions

Tegaserod

Q.Is tegaserod available?
Tegaserod is banned in India.


Content on this page was last updated on 25 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)