Available in the form of capsules, Linzess is taken once daily to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation and chronic idiopathic constipation. Your specific dosage will depend on the reason you are taking Linzess and whether you develop any side effects, among other factors. You should take your dose on an empty stomach, preferably 30 minutes before your first meal of the day.
An Introduction to Dosing With Linzess
The dosage of Linzess™ (linaclotide) your healthcare provider recommends may vary, depending on a couple of factors, including:
- The reason you are taking it
- Side effects you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
What Is the Linzess Dosage for Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Constipation?
The standard dosage of Linzess for irritable bowel syndrome with constipation is 290 mcg once a day. Linzess is taken in the morning, at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have bothersome side effects on this amount. It is possible that your dose could be reduced.
What Is the Linzess Dose for Chronic Idiopathic Constipation?
The standard dosage of Linzess for chronic idiopathic constipation is 145 mcg once a day. In clinical studies, doses of 290 mcg a day did not work any better than doses of 145 mcg a day. You will usually take your Linzess dose in the morning, at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day.
General Information on Taking Linzess
Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Linzess include the following:
- Linzess comes in the form of a capsule. It is usually taken by mouth once a day.
- You should take your dose on an empty stomach, at least 30 minutes before your first meal of the day.
- Do not crush, chew, or open the capsules; make sure to swallow them whole.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your Linzess dosage, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.