Tips for helping patients stay on track
Effective treatment with LINZESS starts with adherence
Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) and Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) are chronic conditions that require ongoing treatment. Taken once daily, LINZESS can help patients experience relief in as little as one week. However, if patients do not continue to take their medicine as prescribed, symptoms could return just as fast.1,15
Follow the tips below to help manage your patients’ expectations about treatment with LINZESS and help them continue to take the medicine as prescribed.
Stay on top of refills
Encourage your patients to fill their LINZESS prescription right away. You may also want to suggest that they sign up for refill reminders through their pharmacy.
Set the clock
Suggest that patients set a daily alarm on their phone reminding them when to take their pill.
Store and more
Tell patients to keep LINZESS in a convenient place. However, it is important to store LINZESS, with the dessicant, in its original bottle. The bottle should be kept tightly closed in a dry location. Additionally, patients must keep LINZESS out of the reach of children.1
Let patients know that diarrhea often begins within the first 2 weeks of LINZESS treatment. Diarrhea is the most common side effect of LINZESS and can sometimes be severe. Advise patients to stop taking LINZESS and call you right away if they get severe diarrhea during treatment with LINZESS.1
Skip what was missed
Remind patients that if they miss a dose, they should skip the missed dose and take the next dose at their regular time. Patients should not take 2 doses at the same time.1
Encourage patients to keep track of how they are feeling and talk to you about how LINZESS is working for them. The more they tell you, the better you will understand how to manage their IBS-C or CIC symptoms.
Help patients start right
Give your patients a Starting Treatment Guide with their prescription.
*IMS Health, NPA Audit, January 2015-December 2015.