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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:

A blockage in your digestive track; or Severe diarrhea;

Tell your doctor if you;

Have ever had liver disease; Are pregnant or breastfeeding; Have a history of intestinal problems

Side Effects

Common side effects include;

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Trouble sleeping

If any of the side effects (including any that are not listed) are prolonged or become worrisome, speak to your doctor about alternative medications.


What is Amitiza used for?


This medication is used to treat various types of constipation. Some examples are chronic idiopathic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. Once taken this medication may improve symptoms such as bloating and abdominal discomfort, improve stool texture, lessen the need to strain, and decrease the feeling of not completely relieving oneself. So what is lubiprostone for exactly? When taken, this medication works by increasing the amount of fluid in the intestines, making it easier to pass stool. This medication comes in a singular dose of 24mcg. If you have any questions regarding this medication or any inquiries in general, feel free to give us a call at our toll free number 1-877-385-8998.     


How long does it take for Amitiza to work?

This medication does begin to work quickly. Clinical studies have shown that it begins to take effect within 24 hours, and most patients do have a bowel movement within that timeframe.


How to take Amitiza?

This medication is usually prescribed to be taken with food and water, usually twice a day. Be sure to swallow the medication whole. Do not break or chew on it.  And remember that your dosage is based on your medical condition and your overall response to the treatment.


What are the side effects of Amitiza?

Some of the more common side effects are listed as follows; Nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, gas, bloating, vomiting, dry mouth, runny nose, cough, fever, headache, dizziness, join or back pain, trouble sleeping. Keep in mind that these are not all of the side effects listed for this medication, and if you are experiencing any of these be sure to inform your doctor if they persist or worsen.


How much does Amitiza cost?

Amitiza falls in line with Medicare’s Tier 3 of their formulary. Meaning that most medications that are listed here are preferred brand-name drugs, and they do generally cost more than Tier 1 or 2 medications. However, you can find a more affordable option on an online Canadian Pharmacy such as My Drug Center.


Who makes Amitiza?

Amitiza is manufactured by a company called Takeda Pharmaceuticals.  They are a Japanese multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company. And they are the largest pharmaceutical company in all of Asia and are listed as one of the top 20 largest pharmaceutical companies in the world.


What is the generic name for Amitiza?

The generic name for Amitiza is known as Lubiprostone. Although there is no generic on the market currently, there is one set to become available in the year 2021.

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