alosetron - oral, Lotronex (cont.)
USES: This medication is used to treat severe cases of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in women who have diarrhea as a major symptom.Alosetron is not effective in men with IBS.This medication is not recommended for use in children because of the serious side effects that have been seen in adults.
HOW TO USE: Read and complete the Patient-Physician Agreement form provided by your doctor. Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using alosetron and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions regarding the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Your prescription must have a sticker affixed to it in order for your pharmacy to dispense you a supply of this medicine.Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor. Do not begin this medication if you are currently constipated. Contact your doctor for further instructions.
SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, stomach upset, or hemorrhoids may occur. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects: bloating, depression.Stop taking this medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: constipation, bloody stools, unexplained fever, unusually fast pulse, new or sudden worsening of stomach/abdominal/bowel pain.A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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