Living With IBS-D

I have irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D). Due to the uncomfortable nature of the disorder, it took me a long time to speak with my doctor about IBS-D, and an even longer time to speak about it openly. But I am glad I did. I challenge you to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor so you can find the best plan for you.

Amy’s Story

IBS-D is a long-lasting (chronic) condition that includes recurring abdominal pain and diarrhea as two of the most common symptoms.1 Although estimates vary, about 16 million Americans suffer from IBS-D.2,3

Amy experienced IBS-D symptoms, including diarrhea and abdominal pain, for almost five years before she received her diagnosis. Knowing how difficult and embarrassing it can be to have IBS-D, Amy wants people to know that they’re not alone, and that they should talk to their healthcare professionals about their symptoms.

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References:

  1. Clinical updates. Mayo Clinic website. Available at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/medical-professionals/clinical-updates/digestive-diseases/better-agents-needed-irritable-bowel-syndrome-diarrhea. Accessed: November 07, 2016.
  2. Population estimates V2015. United States Census website. Available at: https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/table/PST045215/00. Accessed: November 07, 2016.
  3. Grundmann O, Yoon SL. Irritable bowel syndrome: epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment: an update for health-care practitioners. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2010;25(4):691-9.
Important Risk Information
VIBERZI® can cause serious side effects, including:

Stop taking VIBERZI right away and get emergency medical care if you have new or worsening stomach-area (abdomen) pain or pain in the upper right side of your stomach-area (abdomen) that may move to your back or shoulder, with or without nausea and vomiting.

Do not take VIBERZI if you:

Before taking VIBERZI, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have liver problems, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. If you are taking VIBERZI you should not take medicines that cause constipation, including Lotronex® (alosetron), anticholinergic medicines, and opioid pain medicines.

Side effects

The most common side effects of VIBERZI include constipation, nausea, and abdominal pain. Stop taking VIBERZI and call your doctor if you have constipation that is severe. These are not all the possible side effects of VIBERZI. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For further information, please talk to your healthcare professional and see accompanying Patient Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information.

What is VIBERZI?

VIBERZI is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D).

Important Risk Information
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Important Risk Information
VIBERZI® can cause serious side effects, including:
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). Pancreatitis has happened most often in people who do not have a gallbladder and can lead to hospitalization. Pancreatitis has led to death in some people who do not have a gallbladder. Pancreatitis usually happens within the first week of treatment with VIBERZI, but can happen after 1 to 2 doses of VIBERZI. Your risk of getting pancreatitis is increased if you drink more than 3 alcoholic drinks a day. Limit your use of alcoholic drinks while you are taking VIBERZI.
  • A spasm in a muscle of the digestive system (called the sphincter of Oddi), which may cause new or worsening abdominal pain. Sphincter of Oddi spasm has happened most often in people who do not have a gallbladder and can lead to hospitalization. This spasm usually happens within the first week of treatment, but can happen after 1 to 2 doses of VIBERZI.

Stop taking VIBERZI right away and get emergency medical care if you have new or worsening stomach-area (abdomen) pain or pain in the upper right side of your stomach-area (abdomen) that may move to your back or shoulder, with or without nausea and vomiting.

Do not take VIBERZI if you:
  • Do not have a gallbladder
  • Have or may have had a blockage in your gallbladder or a sphincter of Oddi problem
  • Have or had problems with alcohol abuse, alcohol addiction, or drink more than 3 alcoholic drinks a day
  • Have had pancreatitis or other pancreas problems, including if you have had or may have had a blockage in your pancreas
  • Have severe liver problems
  • Have had long-lasting (chronic) or severe constipation, or problems caused by constipation
  • Have or may have had a bowel blockage (intestinal obstruction)

Before taking VIBERZI, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you have liver problems, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. If you are taking VIBERZI you should not take medicines that cause constipation, including Lotronex® (alosetron), anticholinergic medicines, and opioid pain medicines.

Side effects

The most common side effects of VIBERZI include constipation, nausea, and abdominal pain. Stop taking VIBERZI and call your doctor if you have constipation that is severe. These are not all the possible side effects of VIBERZI. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For further information, please talk to your healthcare professional and see accompanying Patient Medication Guide and full Prescribing Information.

What is VIBERZI?

VIBERZI is a prescription medicine used to treat adults who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Diarrhea (IBS-D).