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Tegaserod is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. It works by improving the muscle activity and increasing the fluid in bowel movements. Tegaserod controls the symptoms of both conditions but does not necessarily cure them.

Since 2007, Tegaserod is used under strict guidelines and only in emergency, life-threatening situations.

Before using Tegaserod, it is important that you discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. Discuss your allergies, your medical history, and your current drug intake to ensure that none of them would invite adverse reactions.

Tell your doctor if you have had an abdominal surgery, how often you have diarrhea, if you have gallbladder, kidney or liver disease, or if you experienced jaundice.

Tegaserod is not recommended for use in pregnant and lactating women. The drug may be absorbed by the fetus or the nursing baby and cause harm in the process. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you are breast-feeding, you will need to stop once you start on a Tegaserod therapy.

Tegaserod comes in tablet form. It is usually prescribed to be taken twice daily before meals. For treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, doctors usually require four to six weeks of continued use of the drug. After that, you will be tested for any sign of progress or side effects. If you prove to be gaining advantage with the use of Tegaserod, you will be given four to six more weeks of treatment. For constipation, the doctor would determine the duration of your treatment as well as your dosing schedule. Make sure that in any case, you will only follow the doctor’s strict guidelines and instructions. Do not adjust your dosage without his knowledge.

Tegaserod must be taken regularly to enjoy its full benefits. If you miss out on a dose, make sure to take it as soon as you remember. If it is too close to your next dose, disregard your missed dose and proceed with your regular dosing schedule.

Like any drug, Tegaserod may cause some discomforts that are symptoms of side effects. Normally, your first few weeks under treatment would give you headache, diarrhea, nausea, joint pains, sleeping problems, and cold symptoms. Such side effects occur because your body is not yet adjusted to having the drug in your system. Once your body gets used to Tegaserod, your symptoms of side effects must disappear. If they don’t or gets worse after a period of time, you must tell your doctor about it. Report your progress with the drug to your doctor including the symptoms that you experience upon using it.

If your symptoms of side effects include allergic reactions, persistent diarrhea, severe stomach cramps, irregular heartbeats, blurry vision, and fainting, you must rush to see your doctor. The above-mentioned conditions are less common and definitely serious.

To be completely safe with Tegaserod, make sure that you attend all your scheduled appointments with your doctor. Regular check-ups will help monitor your progress as well as your health risks of using a Tegaserod treatment.

Tegaserod has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of tegaserod


• Molecular formula of tegaserod is C16H23N5O
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 1-[[5-(hydroxymethyl)-1H-indol-3-yl]methylideneamino]-2-pentyl-guanidine
• Molecular weight is 301.387 g/mol
Tegaserod available : 6mg pills

Brand name(s): Zelmac, Zelnorm

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