For people with IBS and chronic constipation, the usual cures, like eating more fiber, drinking more water and exercising, usually aren't enough to get things moving. So if you're one of those people you should be happy to hear that the FDA just approved a brand new drug for chronic constipation.
Linaclotide, which will be sold under the brand name Linzess, works by stimulating secretions in the intestines that help move things along in your bowels. You can learn more about the drug's effectiveness by reading this New England Journal of Medicine report on its clinical trials. The New York Times reports that the drug should be available by the end of the year.
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