Amitiza

(lubiprostone)

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Treats constipation.

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Amitiza (lubiprostone) is a good but expensive option to treat severe constipation if other medications did not work for you.

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    $419.62
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    $288.29
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Quick facts about Amitiza
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • Amitiza (lubiprostone) works well for severe constipation that has not responded to other medications.
  • Amitiza (lubiprostone) can help improve bowel habit, reduce straining, and improve stool consistency.
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Downsides

  • Amitiza (lubiprostone) is not available as a generic and may be more expensive than alternatives.
  • Amitiza (lubiprostone) has not been adequately tested in people who have constipation from cancer or cancer treatment.
  • People with liver problems should be careful when taking Amitiza (lubiprostone).
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How it works

Amitiza (lubiprostone) is a chloride channel activator that brings more fluid to the intestines so stool can pass more loosely and easily.

Quick facts about Amitiza
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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What to expect when you take Amitiza (lubiprostone) for Constipation

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Low blood pressure
  • Gas
  • Headache
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Side effect rates for Amitiza (lubiprostone)

From 1429 clinical trials of Amitiza when taken for chronic idiopathic constipation
  • Diarrhea
    12%12%
    1%1%
  • Headache
    11%11%
    5%5%
  • Abdominal pain
    8%8%
    3%3%
  • Abdominal bloating
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Gas
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Vomiting
    3%3%
  • Loose stools
    3%3%
  • Abdominal discomfort
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Dizziness
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Swelling
    3%3%
  • Indigestion
    2%2%
  • Fatigue
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Chest discomfort/pain
    2%2%
  • Shortness of breath
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Amitiza (lubiprostone)

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  • Some people experience nausea when taking Amitiza (lubiprostone). Taking it with food can help prevent nausea.

Pharmacist Q&A

Amitiza (lubiprostone) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats chronic idiopathic constipation in adults.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats chronic idiopathic constipation in adults.

Common concerns from people taking Amitiza (lubiprostone)

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Food
  • Some people experience nausea when taking Amitiza (lubiprostone). Taking it with food can help prevent nausea.
  • Take Amitiza (lubiprostone) with food and a full glass of water.
  • Avoiding foods that cause gas or that contain lactose and gluten can help constipation in certain people. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.
Kidneys and liver
  • If you have liver disease, talk to your doctor before starting Amitiza (lubiprostone) as you're more likely to have side effects. You might have to start on a lower dose.