This post is sponsored by Synergy Pharmaceuticals. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’m about to tell you something that’s going to surprise you. Are you ready?
There are a bunch of people that don’t have to think about pooping. They just do it.
I KNOW. Mind blowing.
Who are these mythical unicorns with their luxurious bathroom habits?!
I am not one of these people.
I am someone who has had their life ruled and disrupted by my struggle to GO. How about you? Does any of these sound familiar?
You skip activities because you’re constipated.
Or because you took an over-the-counter treatment to help you go and now you can’t venture too far from the bathroom because you’ve given yourself the opposite problem, diarrhea. Both ends of the poop-frequency-spectrum are miserable. I’ve skipped yoga because there was no way I was going to down-dog feeling so full. Keeping up with kids when you’re feeling either unable or TOO able to go is a nightmare.
You adjust what you wear because you’re uncomfortable.
I have a very specific pair of pants that I save for those days. A nice loose pair of black dress pants that don’t put too much pressure on my tender, full belly. If it’s the weekend, or I’m working from home, I’ve been known to wear my husband’s gym shorts. Really. Because there is nothing worse than having to button up a snug pair of pants over an already uncomfortable midsection.
You have jumped through crazy hoops trying to go.
I’ve tried it all. I may or may not have a secret Pinterest board where I saved ideas to help with constipation. Special bathroom stools to help you go. Meditation. Special stretches. Special pressure points. Abdominal massage. Detox baths. Nothing relieved the straining and the struggle to go.
You’ve eaten weird stuff to help you go.
One of the worst things about chronic idiopathic constipation is the feeling of discomfort and fullness that you can get. I’ve tried so many dietary adjustments over the years. Teas. Laxatives. Shots of vinegar. Green juice. Vitamins in the morning. Vitamins at night. Buckets of water. SO MUCH COFFEE. Prunes. You know what’s worse than choking down weird foods and supplements to help you poop? Choking down weird foods and supplements that DON’T help you poop. Yeah.
You think about pooping all the time.
There are so many other things I could be doing with my time, effort, and energy than monitoring, planning, and executing a poop strategy. So many better things I could be talking about, reading about, and pondering. Yet. Here I am. Still giving a whole lot of thought to when I’m going to poop. BOO.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Your poop issues might be chronic idiopathic constipation — or CIC. CIC is a common, but often frustrating, gastrointestinal condition experienced by as many as 1 in 7 adults in the U.S.*1
Think about it. If you’re doing all of the things you’re supposed to be doing to GO on the regular and you still can’t seem to find a combination that works for you, it might be time to talk to your doctor about CIC and Trulance™ (plecanatide). Trulance is indicated for adults with CIC. Diarrhea is the most common side effect and can sometimes be severe. It is important to discuss the potential benefits and side effects with your doctor. *2 See additional important safety information below.
Click this link to hear about CIC patient stories.
Like it helped Viviana:
“I had this heavy feeling in my stomach... all I wanted to do was lay down until I could go to the bathroom. It got to the point where taking care of my kids was even painful. Nothing really helped—not even laxatives. I began to think I would always have to live this way, always counting the days since the last time I went to the bathroom. It was always on my mind. My doctor talked to me about the prescription medicine called Trulance. He told me about the benefits and possible side effects, such as diarrhea. I know that it works differently for different people, but for me, I took the pill and a little while after I had to go and I went. I was surprised, I felt relieved and empty, like finally everything that was sitting inside of me was finally out of my system. I started taking Trulance every day and I started going more often. It became easier to have a bowel movement. Less effort and less straining. So, I would say, ask your doctor about Trulance.”
Or like it helped Stephanie:
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“I have been living with constipation my whole adult life. The kind that you have when you don’t go for days and days and days. It was stressful. My doctor diagnosed me with chronic idiopathic constipation. He told me to eat more fiber, drink more water, exercise more and nothing really helped and I just thought this is how it’s going to be for the rest of my life. By the time four or five days would pass (between bowel movements), I couldn’t eat anything else because I was just nauseated. It got the point where I needed to do something—I was going to get some help somewhere, get some relief. I heard about Trulance and went to my doctor and asked if this would be a drug that I could take. The nurse, when she gave it to me, told me about the benefits and possible side effects that could happen with it. That it can work differently for different people. The nurse told me that it could work quickly and for me it did. Now when I get up in the morning, I take my Trulance and I am able to go and I can go on with my day! Talk to your doctor to see if Trulance is right for you.”
Trulance is a prescription medicine indicated for adults with CIC.2 Diarrhea is the most common side effect and can sometimes be severe.2 Everyone’s experience is different and it is important to discuss the potential benefits and side effects with your doctor.2 Trulance is a once-daily tablet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat adults with CIC.2 You can learn more about CIC and how Trulance works here. See additional important safety information below.
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.
You are encouraged to report side effects to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088 or you can report side effects to Synergy Pharmaceuticals at 1-888-869-8869.
- Suares NC, Ford AC. Prevalence of, and risk factors for chronic idiopathic constipation in the community: systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Gastroenterol. 2011;106(9):1582-159
- Trulance™ [Prescribing Information]. Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., New York City, New York: January 2017. http://content.stockpr.com/synergypharma/files/pages/synergypharma/db/147/description/PP-TRU-US-0175++Trulance+Prescribing+Information.pdf. Accessed July 25, 2017.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Synergy Pharmaceuticals. The opinions and text are all mine.