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Amitiza

Amitiza Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Amitiza

Generic Name: lubiprostone (Pronunciation: loo bee PROS tone)

What is lubiprostone (Amitiza)?

Lubiprostone increases the secretion of fluid in your intestines to help make it easier to pass stools (bowel movements).

Lubiprostone is used to treat chronic constipation in adults. It is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome in women with constipation as the main symptom.

Lubiprostone may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of lubiprostone (Amitiza)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have severe or ongoing nausea or diarrhea.

Common side effects may include:

  • mild nausea, stomach pain;
  • mild diarrhea, gas, bloating; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Amitiza (lubiprostone) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about lubiprostone (Amitiza)?

Lubiprostone is used to treat chronic constipation in adults. It is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome in women with constipation as the main symptom.

Take lubiprostone with food or milk.

Do not take lubiprostone if you have severe diarrhea. Call your doctor for instructions.

A nursing baby could develop diarrhea if the mother takes lubiprostone while breast-feeding. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby, and talk with your doctor if the baby develops diarrhea.

You may have tightness in your chest or feel short of breath within 1 hour after taking lubiprostone. This side effect should go away within 3 hours, but it may occur again when you take your next dose. Talk with your doctor if this side effect becomes bothersome.

Call your doctor at once if you have severe or ongoing nausea or diarrhea.

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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