LOTRONEX can cause serious side effects:
Some patients have reported serious intestinal side effects while taking LOTRONEX. These include:
- Serious complications of constipation
- Reduced blood flow to the bowel (ischemic colitis)
These can happen suddenly and may lead to a hospital stay and, in rare cases, blood transfusions, surgery, and death.
Stop taking LOTRONEX and call your doctor right away if you have problems clearing your bowels (are constipated) or get new or worsening pain in your stomach area or blood in your stools. If your constipation does not get better after stopping LOTRONEX, call your doctor again. If you stopped taking LOTRONEX, do not start taking LOTRONEX again unless your doctor tells you to do so.
People who are older, who are weak from sickness, or who take other constipating medicines may be more likely to have serious complications of constipation with LOTRONEX.
Do not take LOTRONEX if any of these apply to you:
- Your main IBS problem is constipation or you are constipated most of the time.
- You have had a bad problem from constipation. If you are constipated now, do not start taking LOTRONEX.
- You have had bad bowel blockages.
- You have had blood flow problems to your bowels, such as ischemic colitis.
- You have had blood clots.
- You have had Crohn’s disease, sores in the colon (ulcerative colitis), swelling of a sac in the intestine (diverticulitis), or severe liver disease.
- You do not understand the Medication Guide or are not willing to follow it.
- You are taking a medicine called LUVOX® (fluvoxamine).
The most common side effects of LOTRONEX are constipation, stomach pain and nausea. Some patients have developed serious bowel side effects while taking LOTRONEX. These are not all the possible side effects of LOTRONEX. Your doctor or pharmacist can give you a more complete list. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You are encouraged to report side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.