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    Anyone take Linzess?

    Ever since my bowels stopped moving on their own since last summer, I have required suppositories and senna and miralax to get my stool to move through the colon. I went to a gastroenterologist about a week ago and he put me on Linzess. It seems to be working a little but I just read that its best to take it in the morning on an empty stomach (with a lot of water) so I'm going to try that tomorrow.

    Anyone else take Linzess? How did/is it working for you?

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    I have been on Linzess for about a year now and no longer use laxatives to have a bowel movement. I take the 290mg capsule on the morning of my bowel program which is every other day or on the weekend I go two days between my program. I take my pill at least one hour before I eat breakfast which works out for me since they suggest taking it one half hour before eating. I still use a magic bullet just to make sure things start moving. The one thing that I have noticed is that my stool becomes very loose which is fine with me since I have been doing bowel programs for 35 years and my intestinal track has slowed down a lot. The pill has helped me greatly because I was very unaware of how much stool I was accumulating in my bowels even though I thought that I was doing good when I did my programs and getting myself emptied out. I do not take the pill everyday because it tends to keep things moving to well and I don't want to be manually stimulating every day because of having hemroids.

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    I tried it once a few years ago but it caused incontinence.

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    My recommendation is to try to adjust your diet with fiber(prebiotics), probiotics, water and diet. Find out if dairy, fiber rich foods, caffeine, alcohol, cause problems - a good dietician could problem solve with you.

    If after all of this then try the meds for IBS. They really work for people with the constipation/diarrhea issue of IBS.

    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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