It's been high profile in tv ads, but no more. The Food and Drug Administration says Zelnorm, marketed for irritable bowel syndrome, should not be sold in the U.S.
The maker of Zelnorm has agreed to withdraw Zelnorm from pharmacy shelves. This is because the drug has been linked to a higher risk of stroke, heart attack, or severe chest pain that could turn into a heart attack. This comes after a review of 29 clinical studies of Zelnorm, which pointed to a small number of patients who developed what could be life-threatening side effects.
Instead of pitching all those pills in the trash, the FDA is recommending doctors help their patients ease off Zelnorm before switching them to some other therapy.