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Amitiza should be taken twice daily with food and water to reduce potential symptoms of nausea. The capsule should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening daily as prescribed. The capsule should be swallowed whole and should not be broken apart or chewed. Physicians and patients should periodically assess the need for continued therapy.
Patients on treatment who experience severe nausea, diarrhea, or dyspnea should inform their physician. Patients taking Amitiza may experience dyspnea within an hour of the first dose. This symptom generally resolves within 3 hours, but may recur with repeat dosing.
Chronic Idiopathic Constipation
Patients should take a single 24 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation
Patients should take a single 8 mcg capsule of Amitiza twice daily with food and water.
Advise lactating women to monitor their human milk-fed infants for diarrhea while taking Amitiza [see Use In Specific Populations].
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/7/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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