Amitiza for IBS Constipation

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Amitiza (lubiprostone) is a medication that is FDA-approved for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) in adults and constipation-predominant IBS (IBS-C) in women over the age of 18. Amitiza is an oral medication that has a laxative effect.

How Does Amitiza Work?

Amitiza stimulates the release of fluids into the lining of the intestines. It is thought that this increased fluid secretion softens the stool and decreases stool transit time, thus relieving the symptoms of constipation. Amitiza's effects are thought to remain almost exclusively within the intestinal tract.

Does Amitiza Work?

The American College of Gastroenterology in its 2014 research review, reports strong research support for the effectiveness of Amitiza in relieving constipation. Amitiza has been shown to:

  • Increase stool frequency
  • Produce more consistent, well-formed stools
  • Reduce straining and incomplete bowel evacuation
  • Reduce abdominal pain and discomfort

Who Shouldn't Take Amitiza

You should not take Amitiza if you are experiencing any symptoms of diarrhea or a bowel obstruction. Women who are breastfeeding should only take Amitiza under the supervision of their doctors. Amitiza has not been approved for use in children.

Side Effects of Amitiza

Amitiza is usually well-tolerated and serious side effects are rare. The following side effects have been reported:

Nausea associated with Amitiza is not a rare event: It's estimated that 19 to 29% of Amitiza users experience nausea. In order to reduce the risk of nausea, it is recommended that you take the medication with food.

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