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Amitiza is made up of lubiprostone (a chloride channel activator) that comes in 24mcg (micrograms) oral tablets. These tablets are usually pink or orange in color.
Amitiza is used for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome as well as chronic idiopathic constipation in adults. This includes constipation caused by narcotic medications used by those with ongoing pain due to medical conditions, excluding cases with cancer.
Using Amitiza will help symptoms such as bloating, abdominal discomfort, and make going to the bathroom less uncomfortable (by improving stool texture, decreasing the need to strain and lessening the feeling of not completely relieving yourself once finished). Lubiprostone works by increasing the amount of fluid within your intestines, resulting in a more easy passage of the stool.
Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Never take more or less of a dosage than directed.
The average recommended dose is twice daily. It is suggested this medication be taken with food and water to help prevent nausea.
Do not crush, chew or break the tablet; swallow it whole.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies.
Patients take Amitiza may experience dyspnea (shortness of breath) within hour of first dose. It may occur again after taking the following dose, this should go away within 3 hours.
Do not take Amitiza if you have the following:
Tell your doctor if you;
Common side effects include;
If any of the side effects (including any that are not listed) are prolonged or become worrisome, speak to your doctor about alternative medications.
Is this medication okay for the use of children?
It is not recommended for those under the age of 18, however your doctor may allow it if he believes the benefits outweigh the risks.
What are some drug interactions?
The main drug interaction is idelalisib
What is the recommended dose for chronic constipation? Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Constipation caused by narcotic medications?
Chronic Constipation IBS Constipation (Narcotics)
24mcg twice a day 8mcg twice a day 24mcg twice a day
(morning, evening) (morning, evening) (morning, evening)
with food and water with food and water with food and water
Can I still drink alcoholic beverages while taking Amitiza?
It is not a serious interaction however it could increase side effects such as dizziness.
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