... and have gained six pounds
Linzess - Has anyone experience rapid weight gain from this medication? I've been on it for 9 days?
Question posted by bloatedgirl on 5 March 2013
Last updated on 9 July 2021 by sunshine1959
The weight slowly comes off. Read up on the probiotic L. Gasseri. It REALLY helps adjust everything and helps manage appetite.
I don’t understand why Linezz does this but it also had a profound stimulating effect on my bowels. I did not like that but did get great relief also… Now on Zelnorm + Colon cleanse. Get relief without the bloating.
I thought I read somewhere that when you get diarrhea like Linezz induced the body senses the loss of fluid and tries to compensate for the loss of fluids by retaining fluids. About twice a month I get desperate and end of having to take Linezz and I fallow up with a diuretic. Keeps the bloating at bay. DO NOT do this without MD consult first! Otherwise you could get in serious trouble ( cardiac). Maybe an herbal diuretic would be better.
Take a deep breath, the weight WILL slowly come off.
Hi everyone! I just want to say how glad I am that I found this community online. In March of 2020, I got the Kyleena IUD and it caused me to suffer from TERRIBLE constipation. I started on Linzess in August 2020 on the 290 MG dose and also started taking Lactulose twice a day. I suffered from SO much bloating and gas and struggled to fight weight gain ever since then! I am not sure if it was the IUD or the medications fault, or a combination of all of them. I just got my IUD out two months ago and am working on weaning myself off of linzess to see if this helps. I am very distressed because I never had a problem with weight gain, and I feel like I don't eat over 1,600 calories for being 23 years old and 5'6. Please help! Did the weight gain come off for everyone else?
I was on Linzess for several weeks. Neither my diet nor my exercise routine changed, but I gained 10 pounds! My flat tummy bulged as if I was growing a baby bump. But the worst thing about Linzess was that I pood my pants when asleep at night! Months and months later, I have lost most of the weight and my tummy is a bit flatter. It’s extremely expensive, a total waste of money!!
I was the thinnest I had ever been when I started taking linzess almost exactly 1 year ago. I took it for one month and stopped because I knew it had to be the cause of my rapid weight gain, that and it didn’t work at all and made me feel horrible and bloated. I have still not lost the weight. I’d guess it’s about 10 lbs. enraged doesn’t even begin to describe it. I’m livid. I would 100% not have tried this medication if I had known about this side effect that seems to be so common. Why isn’t it listed? Can we sue? I want them to pay for this.
I've been taking Linzess on and off for 3 years now for IBS. I guess it does have that bloating and retaining fluid effect. I've gained 15 lbs since taking Linzess. Then I was diagnosed with general edema so I have to keep several sizes of clothing because of the bloating and water retention issues. I could gain up 5 to 11 pounds in 1 day. I'm currently trying the celery juice drink for a week now, so far I'm happy. My edema is going down, my digestive system feels better. Before celery juice, my belly is hard and distended. It is still hard and distended but not as much a week before and I could really feel my stomach is getting better. Like what I've said, I just started celery juicing for a week and I am getting a lot of relief from it. I can handle the detoxing effect - it's getting lesser each day.
I just feel the need to share my experience because I know there are thousands of people who are suffering like me who tried almost anything including coffee enema. You don't have to believe me, but with the relief I'm getting from celery juice slowly healing my gut and allergy problems (food and environmental) - I am very humbled and thankful with the relief I'm expecting and this is my littke way of giving back by sharing my experience and hoping to help people. It 's only been a week I'm drinking celery juice. I stopped Linzess while on this program.. I'll come back here in 3 weeks to give you an update about my IBS and celery juice drink journey.
I have been taking Linzess for years, and don't remember any weight gain or bloating. I have a torturous colon, so when I have a colonoscopy I have to do a two day prep, which involves Magnesium Citrate and Miralax the first day and the prescription prep the 2nd. Rarely do I feel emptied out. I went to Shands hospital at UCF for a 2nd opinion, and the doctor thought I had IBD rather than IBS. He wanted me to take Miralax 3 times a day since I was so constipated, and that seemed to work better for me than Linzess. I do know that 290mg is the recommended amount for IBS with constipation. I have struggled with constipation since I was born, and I wish the loop in my colon could be fixed, but I know that adhesions are possible when any abdominal surgery is performed. I have had my gallbladder removed and later on an appendectomy. The other day I was so constipated and miserable that I tried Miralax 3 times a day.
It worked great, but after the solid stool came diarrhea for 2 days. I am going to go back to taking Miralax once daily and talking with my Gastroenterologist about stopping the Linzess and maybe trying Amitiza. I am due for my colonoscopy anyway, and because my father died from colon cancer, my sisters and I are very diligent on keeping up with our tests. Oh to have normal bowel function, if there is such a thing!
I was on this medication approximately five years ago and I experienced severe weight gain. To the point I had to stop taking the medicine. When I first noticed it was after my first dosage. I took the dosage as prescribed and the next day literally the next day the pants always fit me no longer fitted me. I decided to continue the dosing as prescribed thinking maybe it was just a fluke. So I took the medicine I gave the next day and again the pants that I could get in the day before or now also too small. I contacted my physician and told him I think the medicine is causing me weight gain he denied it and said it wasn’t from that but I knew it worse and I quit taking it. It was hard enough trying to lose weight without medication playing a part in the gain but to then try to lose weight that was caused by medication was hard. Because now I was fighting my love for food as well as medication side effects.
Yes!! I have been on Linzess for two months, and I have gained five pounds! My tummy, which I used to keep flat with sit-ups, is bulging! Sometimes, my tummy sticks out further than my tiny chi chi's which have also swelled! My doctor has lowered the dose twice, but the swelling and weight gain continues. Not sure what to do. The pills have cost $230.00 to $330.00 per month, and with the changes in doses, I have close to two bottles left! What happens with my poop problem if I stop? Any advice, please?!
I took Linzess from July 2016-March 2018 and specifically remember looking at this thread because I was experiencing this side effect. I went from 105 to 135 lbs in the time I took Linzess (for context, I am a 5'2" female and was 17 when I began taking the medication). I had a relatively fast metabolism before taking this medication, but when on Linzess, I just could not stop gaining weight and found I could only lose the weight by practically starving myself and excessively exercising. I talked to my doctor about it, but she merely attributed it to diet. It was definitely the Linzess. Thankfully, I lost 15 lbs in the year following coming off the medication with very little effort, just my normal diet and exercise routine, and I've found my metabolism is back to normal.
(I did not shed all the weight because I was slightly underweight when I began Linzess and the weight I am at now is much healthier for me.) Linzess worked great for my IBS, and I am now practically symptom-free, but it really is a risky trade considering you will swell up like a balloon while on it.
I've lost 15 lbs. I've gone from 136 to 121 and keep losing. I'm small anyway and now I'm getting worried.
I gained 10 pounds within the first 5 days I was taking it.
I can't say much yet, as I just started this recently and I don't know how it will play out. What I can say is that I took it at first, for about 2 weeks, with minimal success. Then, after talking to my GYN, changed the way I was taking it. Three days in a row it's been perfect. Fingers crossed this continues. I have suffered for so many years with this. To the point where I know I was hurting myself by taking Dulcolax at least once a week... most of the time two times. She suggested taking it 10 minutes before breakfast everyday with a full glass of water. Worked like a charm. The doctor that originally prescribed it didn't suggest anything, really. Just said to take it at night or in the morning. So, if it's not working for you, try 10 minutes prior to breakfast! Hopefully this will help you too!
I gained 20lbs since october. I took myself off of it 3 weeks ago. And now im struggling to get it off.
I gained 10 pounds the first week of taking Linzess. Had blood work done and Dr. Office called me and told me we Sodium levels had dropped so low that there was a concern for my health. Got rid of remaining bills, they were samples for one week, enough time to do damage.
Ive been on it since october and ive gained 20 lbs. I am seeing my GI tomorrow.
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