Tegaserod was withdrawn from the U.S. market on March 30, 2007. This medication may still be used in limited emergency situations.
Tegaserod is not for use in people with diarrhea as the main symptom of their irritable bowel condition.
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to tegaserod, or if you have a history of stroke or heart attack, high blood pressure, uncontrolled angina, high cholesterol or triglycerides, diabetes, depression, or anxiety.
You also should not use tegaserod if you smoke, if you are older than 55 years, if you are overweight, or if you have a history of suicidal thoughts or actions.
Before taking tegaserod, tell your doctor if you have gallbladder problems, a blockage in your intestines, other stomach or intestinal disorders, kidney disease, or liver disease.
Tegaserod has not been shown to be helpful for men with irritable bowel syndrome.
Stop taking tegaserod and call your doctor at once if you have new or worsening stomach pain, blood in your stools, ongoing diarrhea, severe stomach pain or cramps, or feel like you might pass out.