Generic Name(s): linaclotide
Drug Class: GC-C agonists
Treats: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Linzess belongs to the class Guanylate-Cyclase C agonists. It treats chronic constipation by releasing chloride and water, which help to soften stool and stimulate bowel movement. Linzess is often prescribed to help manage irritable bowel syndrome.
Linzess is a prescription drug indicated for the treatment of certain types of bowel problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and chronic idiopathic constipation. Linzess works by increasing the amount of fluid in the intestines. In doing so, Linzess helps speed up the movement of food through the gut.
Linzess may also improve the texture of stool and reduce the intensity of symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, straining and the feeling of incomplete bowel movement.
It is important to note that Linzess should not be used to treat a blockage in the stomach or intestines. To increase its effectiveness, Linzess should be taken on an empty stomach.