What are Generics?
Generic drugs marketed without brand names contain the exact same active ingredients used in their brand-name counterparts, but cost significantly less. The drugs are required to meet U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards for safety, purity and effectiveness.
Zelnorm (Tegaserod) is a selective serotonin receptor agonist. It works by improving muscle movement and increasing production of fluid in the bowels. Zelnorm is the only medication that is FDA approved to relieve symptoms of Irritable Bowl Syndrome.
Generic Zelnorm may also be marketed as:
*Zelnorm® is manufactured by Novartis Pharmaceuticals.
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Generic Zelnorm increases the action of a chemical called serotonin in the intestines. This speeds the movement of stools through the bowels. Generic Zelnorm is used to treat severe, chronic, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in women who have constipation (and not diarrhea) as their main bowel problem. It is also used to treat chronic constipation in patients younger than 55 years old.
How to take
Generic Zelnorm comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It is usually taken twice a day on an empty stomach shortly before a meal. Take Tegaserod at around the same times every day. Take Generic Zelnorm exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking Generic Zelnorm and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- new or worsening stomach pain;
- blood in your stools;
- ongoing diarrhea;
- severe stomach pain or cramps; or
- feeling like you might pass out.
Less serious side effects may include:
- headache, dizziness or migraine;
- back pain or joint pain; or
- mild stomach pain, nausea or gas.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using Zelnorm.
Other drugs may interact with Generic Zelnorm. Talk your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including herbal products.
Missed doseYou should skip the missed dose. Wait until the next time you are supposed to take Tegaserod, and then take your normal dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed dose.
Store Generic Zelnorm at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Tegaserod out of the reach of children and away from pets.