Cardiac Problems Linked to Zelnorm
Last Updated on June 26, 2017
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At A Glance
- This Alert Affects
- If you have suffered a heart attack, stroke or chest pain while taking Zelnorm to treat constipation, you may be eligible to participate in Zelnorm litigation. A lawyer will be able to advise you of your legal rights and options.
- Zelnorm has been linked with an increased chance of stroke, heart attack, and chest pain for some patients. Additional Zelnorm side effects include bowel, bladder or blood vessel perforation, vaginal scarring, recurrence of incontinence, urinary problems, infection, erosion through vaginal epithelium, recurrence of prolapse, dyspareunia, and pain.
- Novartis AG
- Additional Details
- Zelnorm (tegaserod maleate) is a prescription drug that helps treat constipation for individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is intended for short term use in people under the age of 65.
- Zelnorm was recalled in March 2007 by Novartis.
Marketed by Novartis AG, Zelnorm is prescribed to help treat constipation in those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, which is a functional bowel disorder. Zelnorm causes nerve cells to quicken the release of stools. Unfortunately, Zelnorm was taken off the market after it was associated with a number of cardiac problems.
In 2007, researched showed a link between Zelnorm and heart complications including angina, strokes and heart attacks. After influence from the FDA, Novartis took Zelnorm off the market in March 2007. Then, only a few months later, the FDA let Novartis market Zelnorm as an investigational drug, only to be given to people meeting specific criteria.
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