Before we answer that question, let’s first discuss what is Linzess.
What is Linzess??
Linzess is a prescription medication that helps to relieve chronic constipation by stimulating the muscles in the intestines. It does not treat diarrhea, but it can be taken if you are experiencing both constipation and diarrhea at the same time. Linzess works by increasing how often your intestines contract so they push out more of whatever needs to come out. It slows down digestion which makes emptying occur quicker.
The medicine also reduces water retention in stool making them easier to pass and increases fluid secretion from cells lining the gut wall (areas near where food moves through). This moisturizes stools, allowing them to move better without hardening or getting stuck inside.”
It is an FDA-approved treatment for adults suffering from chronic constipation. The medication works by increasing the fluid in your intestines, which helps you have bowel movements more often and with less straining.
Can I take a laxative while taking Linzess?
No, it is not recommended to take a laxative while on Linzess. Using a laxative (like Umzu ZuPOO or others) might interfere with the effectiveness of your prescription medication and may cause serious side effects such as dehydration.
You can take a laxative while taking Linzess but it’s not recommended that you do so unless directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
How is Linzess different from a laxative?
Laxatives are over-the-counter drugs that help increase regularity of bowel movement by either stimulating natural contractions or temporarily blocking absorption of fluids into the intestine or colon. While they can be used safely on occasion as needed, taking laxatives too frequently may worsen your symptoms because their repeated use causes dependence and leads to worsening diarrhea or abdominal cramps while using them.
On the other hand, Linzess is a prescription medication for adults with chronic idiopathic constipation.
It works by increasing the natural frequency of bowel movements and may also cause abdominal discomfort, nausea, diarrhea or headache in some people.
In conclusion, it is not recommended to take laxatives while using Linzess.