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When and How to Take Zelnorm

Some general considerations for when and how to take Zelnorm include:
  • The medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth twice a day before meals (on an empty stomach).
  • For IBS, Zelnorm is taken for four to six weeks. If it is working for you, your healthcare provider may keep you on Zelnorm for an additional four to six weeks.
  • Zelnorm should be taken at the same times each day to maintain an even level of the drug in your blood.
  • For Zelnorm to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.



The dose that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:

  • Your age
  • The medical condition you are being treated for
  • Other medical conditions you may have
  • Other medications you may be currently taking.
As with any medication, do not adjust your Zelnorm dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Zelnorm Dosage for more information about this topic.)

Side Effects of Zelnorm

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects. However, not everyone who takes Zelnorm will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it well. When side effects do occur, they are often minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects include:
(Click Zelnorm Side Effects to learn about the specific side effects of Zelnorm, including serious side effects to look out for.)
You can also read about other possible side effects by clicking on the following eMedTV links:

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