Linzess (linaclotide) is prescription medicine used to treat chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and chronic constipation in adults who have been experiencing constipation as a major symptom. Linaclotide works by increasing the secretion of water and sodium in the intestines, thus softening the stools and stimulating the bowel process. However, the safety and effective of the Linzess isn’t yet established amongst patients under 18 years of age or pregnant and lactating mothers. So it’s highly recommended that you take advice from your medical practitioner before using it. Linzess should be used in the morning 30 minutes prior to your breakfast with water. Linzess capsules shouldn’t be crushed or chewed but swallowed. Because Linzess is used to treat chronic constipation and IBS, it’s possible to experience side effects like stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, heartburn, and weakness. But there are some rare side effects, including tarry stools, bleeding from the rectum, cough, decreased urination, dry mouth, dizziness, confusion, fast heartbeat, itching, loss of bowel control, thirst, weakness, tightness in chest, wrinkled skin, and difficulty swallowing. Get medical attention ASAP if you experience any of those side effects.
Linzess is an expensive drug. If you are living in the U.S. without a health insurance, the drug can put a serious dent in your pocket. A 145mcg, 15 capsules pack is available for $169 from Walmart Pharmacy and $171 from CVS, while a 290mcg, 30 capsules pack will cost you $332 from Walmart Pharmacy and $337 from Walgreens if you don’t have an insurance. However, there are a few different ways you can still get this medicine at a discounted price. For now, there are no generic versions available of this drug, but a few fraudulent online stores are selling illegal, generic versions of Linzess. The prices in the local pharmacy stores are more or less at par with the pharmacy chains like CVS, Walmart, Kroger Pharmacy, etc. But if you want to make some hefty savings on your purchase of Linzess, you can try discount coupons and patient assistance programs. There are rebates, printable coupons, trial offers, free samples and savings card that you could use in exchange for completing a questionnaire or registering with a website. With the Linzess Instant Savings Program, you can get your prescription for just $30. However, you can only get 12 refills with this program. Then, there are patient assistance programs (PAPs) that are available to uninsured and low-income families and are sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies, but to get on one of them, there are a few eligibility requirements, like the patient must have an insurance, should be medically diagnosed with the condition, and must be residing in the U.S. For someone who is eligible for a health insurance, but can’t pay the healthcare premiums, coinsurance, copayments or deductibles, can also get assistance through PAPs in the form of partial for full payment for their prescription of Linzess. Lastly, you can try the Allergan Patient Assistant Program if you have no prescription coverage. Other eligibility requirements include diagnosis of the condition and being a U.S resident or legal entrant.