New Drug Approved for Irritable Bowel, Chronic Constipation
THURSDAY, Aug. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Linzess (linaclotide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat forms of chronic constipation that don't respond to traditional treatment, and irritable bowel syndrome accompanied by constipation, the agency said Thursday in a news release.
The National Institutes of Health estimates that some 63 million people are affected by chronic constipation, and about 15.3 million have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the FDA said.
Linzess is taken once daily on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before the first meal. The most frequently noted adverse reaction is diarrhea.
The drug's label contains a boxed warning that it shouldn't be taken by people aged 16 or younger, the FDA said.
Linzess is produced by Cambridge, Mass.-based Ironwood Pharmaceuticals.
Medline Plus has more about constipation.Related Articles
- Calorie Counts Mandated at Chain Restaurants, FDA Says
November 25, 2014
- FDA Adds 'Boxed Warning' to Devices Used to Remove Uterine Fibroids
November 24, 2014
Learn More About Sharp
Sharp HealthCare is San Diego's health care leader with seven hospitals, two medical groups and a health plan. Learn more about our San Diego hospitals, choose a Sharp-affiliated San Diego doctor or browse our comprehensive medical services.
Copyright ©2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.