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Before taking tegaserod,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to tegaserod or any other medications.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, herbal products, or nutritional supplements you are taking or plan to take. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had ischemic colitis (decreased blood flow to the bowels), any type of blockage in your stomach or bowels, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (blockage of bile or digestive juices flowing into the intestine that causes pain or jaundice), scar tissue that formed between the tissues and organs in the stomach area, or gallbladder, kidney, or liver disease. Also tell your doctor if you have had a stroke, mini-stroke, heart attack or have angina (ongoing chest pain or pressure that is felt when the heart does not get enough oxygen).Your doctor will probably tell you not to take tegaserod.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had frequent diarrhea or depression. Also tell your doctor if you smoke or are overweight or if you have high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels, coronary artery disease (narrowing of the blood vessels that carry blood to the heart), or diabetes,
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while taking tegaserod, call your doctor. Do not breastfeed while you are taking tegaserod.
- you should know that tegaserod may cause changes in your thoughts, behavior, or mental health. Some patients who took tegaserod have developed depression or psychosis (loss of contact with reality), have become violent, have thought about killing or hurting themselves, and have tried or succeeded in doing so. You or your family or caregiver should call your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms: anxiety, sadness, crying spells, loss of interest in activities you used to enjoy, poor performance at school or work, sleeping more than usual, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, irritability, anger, aggression, changes in appetite or weight, difficulty concentrating, withdrawing from friends or family, lack of energy, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, thinking about killing or hurting yourself, acting on dangerous thoughts, or hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that do not exist). Be sure that your family members know which symptoms are serious so that they can call the doctor if you are unable to seek treatment on your own.
- rash, hives, itching, swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, or eyes, difficulty breathing and swallowing, or hoarseness
- chest pain that may spread to the arms, neck, jaw, back, or stomach area; sweating; shortness of breath; or feeling sick or vomiting;
- sudden numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; severe headache or confusion; or problems with vision, speech, or balance
- bleeding from the rectum
- new or worsening stomach pain
- diarrhea that is bloody or that causes you to feel lightheaded or faint