This post has been sponsored by Salix Pharmaceuticals. All opinions are my own.
Hi angels. I hope your week is going well and if not, remember to take it one day at a time. Because today was bad, doesn’t mean tomorrow will be the same. I’m here today to talk about something less glamorous but is a real-life issue I deal with, and I know I’m not the only one.
I want to share what has been working for me and hope we can converse about this topic. As always, it’s a free and safe zone and the truth is, we’re never alone. Whatever we go through, whatever we deal with in life, there’s always someone else on this earth that deals or feels the same. The hardest part is opening up and being vulnerable about it but, what’s a life where you can’t be vulnerable, what’s a life where you can’t be you?
From as long as I can remember, I’ve been dealing with Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C). During this past year, I’ve dealt with more intense IBS-C symptoms, which added to my stress and anxiety.
For those who don’t know, IBS-C is a type of IBS where a person experiences recurring periods of constipation accompanied by abdominal pain. Patients with the condition can experience less than three bowel movements (BMs) per week, hard-to-pass BMs, bloating, straining and discomfort. While IBS-C causes are not specifically known, about 3.6 million U.S. adults live with IBS-C.
Fortunately, there are some options that can help those living with IBS-C, like paying more attention to what you eat, exercising regularly and noticing what triggers your symptoms. While these are minor tips that may help, I needed additional treatment to help manage my IBS-C symptoms.
What’s really been helping me lately is Trulance® (plecanatide), a once-daily prescription medication used in adults to treat IBS-C. Since I was prescribed Trulance, I have less abdominal pain and I feel like I have more regular, well-formed bowel movements. Trulance can help provide relief from constipation in as little as 24 hours, but patients should talk to their doctor to see if Trulance is right for them. Among drinking more water and paying attention to what I eat, I’m so glad my physician told me about it. My doctor also let me know that the most common side effect that can happen is diarrhea, though I didn’t have any.
It’s been a month now and I feel like I found relief from my IBS-C symptoms, so I had to share with you, in case someone has been dealing with IBS-C and is looking for a potential treatment option. Let me know about your experiences.
Here is some more information about Trulance, and to see how it works visit here.
What Is Trulance?
Trulance® (plecanatide) 3 mg tablets is a prescription medicine used in adults to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) and Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC). Chronic means the constipation is long lasting. “Idiopathic” means the cause of the constipation is unknown. It is not known if Trulance is safe and effective in children less than 18 years of age.
What is the most important information I should know about Trulance?
- Do not give Trulance to children who are less than 6 years of age. It may harm them.
- You should not give Trulance to children 6 years to less than 18 years of age. It may harm them.
- Do not take Trulance if a doctor has told you that you have a bowel blockage (intestinal obstruction).
Before you take Trulance, tell your doctor:
- If you have any other medical conditions.
- If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Trulance will harm your unborn baby.
- If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Trulance passes into your breast milk. Talk with your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you take Trulance.
- About all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
What are the common side effects of Trulance?
Diarrhea is the most common side effect and can sometimes be severe. Diarrhea often begins within the first 4 weeks of Trulance treatment. Stop taking Trulance and call your doctor right away if you get severe diarrhea. These are not all the possible side effects of Trulance. Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
You are encouraged to report side effects to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088 or you can report side effects to Bausch Health at 1-877-361-2719.
Please also see Medication Guide within the full Prescribing Information.