By the way, doctor: Is Zelnorm safe?

Q. I have irritable bowel syndrome, with frequent bloating and constipation. My doctor prescribed a six-week course of Zelnorm, which really helped. Is it safe to take long-term?

A. Zelnorm (tegaserod maleate) is a prescription medication for the short-term treatment of women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) whose primary symptom is constipation. Zelnorm speeds the movement of stool through the bowels, reducing pain caused by bloating and constipation.

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