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How is lubiprostone (Amitiza) used to treat chronic constipation?

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Lubiprostone (Amitiza) is approved by the FDA for the treatment of chronic constipation from an unknown cause (not constipation due to another condition or treatment). Amitiza softens the stool by increasing its water content, so the stool can pass easily. This medication is taken twice daily with food. Some reported side effects of Amitiza include headache, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and vomiting.

From: Medicines to Treat Constipation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves New Prescription Drug for Adults for the Treatment of Chronic 'Idiopathic' Constipation." Medline Plus: "Lubriprostone." Familydoctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet." FDA: "FDA approves Linzess to treat certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation."



Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 3, 2019

SOURCES: FDA: "FDA Approves New Prescription Drug for Adults for the Treatment of Chronic 'Idiopathic' Constipation." Medline Plus: "Lubriprostone." Familydoctor.org: "Fiber: How to Increase the Amount in Your Diet." FDA: "FDA approves Linzess to treat certain cases of irritable bowel syndrome and constipation."



Reviewed by Neha Pathak on May 3, 2019

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