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What is Viberzi?

Viberzi (eluxadoline) is a drug approved by the FDA for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea. It is a tablet taken twice a day with food. It is meant to be taken on a continual basis, not just to treat episodes of diarrhea. Viberzi works by reducing bowel contractions. Side effects may include constipation, nausea, and abdominal pain. Patients who have constipation for more than four days should stop taking Viberzi and contact their healthcare provider. Viberzi is not recommended for patients who drink more than three alcoholic drinks daily; this can raise the risk of inflammation of the pancreas. Patients with a history of liver disease or who have no gallbladder may need to take a reduced dose. Safety of Viberzi has not been established for pregnant or nursing women or for children. Patients with biliary duct obstruction, or sphincter of Oddi disease or dysfunction, should not take this drug. 

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