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    Old 01-06-2019, 08:07 AM   #1
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    Does anyone here take Linzess

    I have been constipated for over 30 years: i have a nonfunctional bowel that works only with large doses of Magnesium: My gastro doc gave me samples of
    72 mcg of Linzess to try: i am always wary of new drugs cause of potential side effects but i am getting desperate and at this point i am willing to try it.

    my concern is that given my long history with a basically dead colon, that 72 mcg isn't a large enough dose and could make things worse rather than better.

    I would appreciate anyone who has experience taking this medication along with dosages etc. He gave me samples so i could double the dose but i don't want to do anything stupid.

     
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    Old 03-11-2019, 07:49 PM   #2
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    Re: Does anyone here take Linzess

    I have been on Linzess for many years. First I took 145 mcg and now 290 mcg because I recently became constipated (so I think, still not sure about this), and the 145 worked well for me with no symptoms. Of course, everyone is different and you and your doctor need to decide on whether it will be good for you. 72 mcg doesn't sound like a lot to me, but maybe with your situation this is what your doctor thinks is best. I would definitely give it a go but maybe the dosage will need to be upped. Good luck!

     
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    Old 03-12-2019, 03:53 AM   #3
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    Re: Does anyone here take Linzess

    I was on Linzess a few years ago when it first came out. I was on 290 mcg once a day and it worked so well that I started having diarrhea constantly...I was moved to half doses and it worked well for a few months, I felt amazingly better!
    After 8 months on the drug, I stopped taking it because I was starting to get diarrhea again... around this time I had other symptoms, and this led to a gallbladder issue...once I had my GB removed, I never went back on anything.

    I would say give it a chance. It really does work!
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