Amitiza Medication Information
Amitiza® (lubiprostone) is a drug approved to treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation in women and chronic idiopathic constipation (long-term constipation with no apparent cause) in both women and men. The medicine works by stimulating the flow of intestinal fluid, which, in turn, stimulates the movement of food through the intestines.
When taking this medication, be sure to swallow the capsules whole; do not crush, break, or chew them. In addition, review the side effect information for Amitiza prior to beginning treatment so you are aware of potential problems, such as nausea, diarrhea, and stomach pain. If you experience anything that "just does not seem right" while taking this drug, contact your healthcare provider right away.
(For more information on this medication, click Amitiza. This article describes what to do in cases of overdose, what to do if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and how your dose will be determined, among other things.)