- Very bad GI (gastrointestinal) side effects have rarely happened in people taking this drug. Sometimes, these have led to a hospital stay and, rarely, blood transfusions, surgery, and death. Call your doctor right away if you get constipation, new or worse stomach pain, rectal bleeding, or blood in your stools.
- This drug is only approved for some women who have tried other drugs and the drugs have not worked. Talk with your doctor.
- It is used to treat irritable bowel syndrome.
- If you have an allergy to alosetron or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have hard stools (constipation).
- If you have ever had any of these health problems: Blood clots or blood-clotting problems, blood flow problems in the bowel, bowel block, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, hole in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, ischemic or ulcerative colitis, a large colon, liver problems, long-term or very hard stools (constipation), or narrowing or growths in the bowel.
- If you are taking fluvoxamine.
- If the patient is a child. Do not give this drug to a child.
- Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
- It may take 1 month to see the full effect.
- If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Upset stomach.
- Take with or without food.
- Take this drug at the same time of day.
- Skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
If you have any questions or concerns, talk with a member of your healthcare team. You can reach them Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at ____________________. After 5:00 pm, during the weekend, and on holidays, please call____________________. If there’s no number listed, or you’re not sure, call 212-639-2000.
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