Before Using

Drug information provided by: Merative, Micromedex®

In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this medicine, the following should be considered:


Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.


Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of tegaserod in the pediatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.


This medicine is not for use in women 65 years of age or older.


There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this medicine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Abdominal adhesions (scar tissues that form on the organs in the stomach area), history of or
  • Angina (chest pain), history of or
  • Bowel blockage, history of or
  • Gallbladder disease, history of or
  • Heart attack, history of or
  • Ischemic colitis (not enough blood flow to the bowels), history of or
  • Kidney disease, severe (eg, end-stage kidney disease) or
  • Liver disease, moderate or severe or
  • Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction (muscle in the upper bowels that cannot contract and relax normally), suspected, history of or
  • Stroke, including transient ischemic attack, history of—Should not be used in patients with these conditions.
  • Depression or
  • Heart disease—Use with caution. May make these conditions worse.
  • Diabetes or
  • Diarrhea, now or frequent or
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) or
  • Hyperlipidemia (high amount of cholesterol in the blood) or
  • Obesity—Use with caution. May increase risk for more side effects.