I have chronic constipation due to extra twists and turns in my bowels. I was proscribed this med 3 weeks ago but it hasn't worked. I know I'm not supposed to eat for an hour but I've been drinking coffee with it. Is that preventing it from working?
Linzess is a medication used to treat chronic constipation, or chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in adults who have had constipation as the main symptom. It works by increasing the secretion of chloride and water in the intestines, which can soften stools and stimulate bowel movements.
Taking Linzess with food may increase gastrointestinal side effects such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, and gas. To reduce the risk of gastrointestinal intolerance, it is recommended that it should be taken on an empty stomach at least 30 minutes prior to the first meal of the day.
I don't think drinking coffee after your Linzess would have any significant effect on the effectiveness of your medicine. It could cause stomach pain, gas or diarrhea though.
It can take several weeks of taking Linzess to ease constipation so give it a little while longer before seeing your doctor again.
You should be able to drink coffee because it's warm and will help it work better the doctor told me I could eat a fatty breakfast and take this with the fatty breakfast like some avocado toast or some bacon and eggs if it didn't work on an empty stomach to try it that way so the hot coffee is not going to hurt you
I take linzess for the same reason you do and I drink coffee. The first time I used it it worked then it stopped the next day. This is my third med for this and they all seem to work this way, works then stops. one thing I found that makes linzess work more often is I take a half dose of milk of magnesia when I get up and take the linzess a half hour later and it works more often. good luck.
To obtain the maximum results from Linzess it's recommended that you drink six to eight (8oz) glasses of water a day.
Staying hydrated will help the symptoms of (IBS) irritable bowel syndrome and constipation.
Furthermore, taking your morning dose of Linzess at the same time everyday & 30 minutes prior to eating will also help.
On a final note, do not expect Linzess to work completely overnight.
In order for Linzess to work completely you must have patience. By week 4 you should notice less constipation and be able to have more complete bowel movements.
I was taking 145mcg of linzess and I was constantly going to the bathroom not even a week after I started the medication. It was to the point I couldn’t control my bowels. My doctor switched me to a lower dose. I think you should talk to your doctor because they can give you a higher dosage. Hope this helps!!
I am also taking this for idiopathic constipation. The first few weeks I was on the higher dose and had uncontrollable bowels. My gastro put me on the lower dose. I still have issues of going for about 2 hours till I am drained. I wonder if my drinking coffee right away with half and half is making that happen. I guess I will know when I stop drinking it with or so soon after I take the Linzess. I am having the opposite reaction to yours so I think that coffee would in fact, help you go. I will update once I stop drinking it. There was a day or two after some bad diarrhea on the higher dose that I was not going at all.
- Linzess Information for Consumers
- Linzess Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Linzess (detailed)
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