And thanks to the plethora of information, if you’re struggling with constipation, you can keep yourself busy for a good, long time while trying DIY solutions to constipation relief.
When your poop issues have become significant enough that you’ve begun to adjust your day around going or not going and you find that you’re missing out on activities and enjoying yourself less and less when you are facing c
onstipation day 3… 4… or even 5, then it stands to reason that OF COURSE you’re going to begin to look for options.
Many of them might fall under what you typically expect to address keeping your digestive system regular: (*1)
Eat more fiber.
Drink more water.
Use an over-the-counter laxative.
Maybe you’ve tried dietary approaches or more unconventional approaches: (*2)
Crazy pressure points.
Fermented juice shots.
Special yoga twists and stretches.
Apple Cider Vinegar.
Green juice that tastes like the worst salad ever.
Maybe I’m projecting a bit. Because maybe I’ve dry heaved after a sip of a particularly gnarly smoothie. Or because I’ve sat in my parked car wondering if I can make it into the bathroom without incident because my laxative was a bit too effective.
I wish I was making this stuff up.
And I’m done Dr. Googling myself.
All of my DIY experimentation has led me to a conclusion—I’m ready for some help. I’m ready to take a look at my symptoms with my doctor and try to figure out if my poop issues might really be chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC).
Symptoms of CIC include2:
-Fewer than 3 bowel movements a week.
-Difficult-to-pass bowel movements.
-Not feeling empty after going.
Because CIC isn’t your run of the mill “drink more water, eat more fiber” problem—so it might be helpful to take a look at a medicine that’s especially for CIC—Trulance™ (plecanatide). (*3)
Trulance is a medicine indicated for adults with CIC.3 Diarrhea is the most common side effect and can sometimes be severe. (*3) It is important to discuss the potential benefits and side effects with your doctor. (*3) See additional important safety information below.
Are you ready to have a discussion with your doctor?
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What is Trulance?
Trulance™ (plecanatide) 3 mg tablets is a prescription medicine used in adults to treat a type of constipation called chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC). “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.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
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.
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.
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of Trulance. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.