alosetron - oral, Lotronex (cont.)
PRECAUTIONS: Before taking alosetron, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: certain intestinal disorders (e.g., ileus, ischemic colitis, impaired intestinal circulation, constipation or its complications, obstruction, megacolon, stricture/adhesions, or perforation), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, severe liver disease, blood disorders (e.g., history of blood clots).Before using this medication, tell your doctor your medical history, including: liver disease.Caution is advised when using this drug in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of constipation if it occurs.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious interactions may occur: apomorphine, fluvoxamine.If you are currently using any of these medications listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting alosetron.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: anticholinergics/antispasmodics (e.g., atropine, dicyclomine), antidiarrheals (e.g., kaolin-pectin, loperamide), hydralazine, isoniazid, narcotics (e.g., codeine, diphenoxylate), procainamide.Other medications can affect the removal of alosetron from your body, which may affect how alosetron works. Examples include cimetidine, quinolone antibiotics such as ciprofloxacin, among others.Constipation can be a serious side effect of this medication. Discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before using any medications that may slow down the gut. Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., allergy, cough-and-cold, sleep products) because they may contain ingredients that can cause constipation. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of those products.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
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