Zelnorm alternatives following recent recall
Zelnorm was recently removed from the market after research linked the drug to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular events. Some individuals with constipation predominant IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) have been seeking Zelnorm alternatives to relieve their symptoms.
>>INFORMATION: Zelnorm Recall
In July 2002, the FDA approved Zelnorm (generic tegaserod maleate) for use in the United States. The drug was intended to relieve symptoms of IBS with constipation by increasing movements of stools through the bowels. However, it has never been very effective and when reports surfaced that Zelnorm side effects could cause serious and potentially fatal cardiovascular problems, the FDA requested that the drug be removed from the market on March 31, 2007. It was determined that the risks outweighed the limited benefits of the drug.
Shortly after FDA approval, many experts and advocacy groups criticized the decision to approve Zelnorm since there was little proof that it relieved constipation any better than fiber supplements and other alternatives. In Europe, Zelorm was rejected on two separate occasions.
Clinical studies have shown that Zelnorm provides no benefit for men with IBS-Constipation, and only 5% to 11% of women fared any better when taking the drug. Therefore, many long-term sufferers have already been searching for an alternative to Zelnorm.
On various websites and internet forums, those with constipation predominant IBS have indicated that some of the following treatment alternatives have shown improvement of symptoms. This information is not being provided as medical advice, but rather as a summary of information which some have indicated helped them. None of the following should be tried without first consulting with your physician to discuss the benefits and risks associated with each Zelnorm alternative.
ALTERNATIVES FOR CONSTIPATION
- Milk of magnesia – a fairly mild laxative which is gentle on the stomach
- Miralax – a powerful laxative, which is referred to as an osmotic laxative since it draws water into the bowel
- Amitiza – medication which is designed for chronic constipation
- Kristalose – a prescription laxative which can treat
- Magnesium Supplements – magnesium oxide and magnesium citrate
- Acacia – organic soluble fiber which can help relieve constipation
- Fennel – fennel seed tea can be beneficial for bloating
- Peppermint – enteric coated peppermint oil has been reported to relieve and prevent abdominal pain, bloating and discomfort
- Probotic foods – foods which could help calm IBS include sauerkraut, yogurt, cheese, buttermilk, kefir, soy sauce, tofu and unpasteurized beer
- Hypnotherapy – gut-directed hypnotherapy can address the underlying pathology of bowel dysfunctions and improve symptoms
The Zelnorm lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. represent individuals who have suffered a heart attack, stroke or ischemic colitis after taking the IBS drug. The FDA has indicated that users looking for a Zelnorm alternative should speak with their healthcare providers. New treatments should always be reviewed with your physician to discuss potential benefits and side effects.
If you, a friend or family member wish to speak with an attorney about your legal alternatives and Zelnorm lawsuits which are being pursued, request a free consultation and claim evaluation.