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Amitiza (Lubiprostone) - Overview
Amitiza (lubiprostone) is a medication used in the management of specific types of constipation. People who need an Amitiza prescription can use Push Health to connect with a medical provider who can prescribe lubiprostone (Amitiza) when indicated and appropriate to do so.
What Is Amitiza Used For?
Lubiprostone, marketed under the name Amitiza, belongs to a class of medications known as chloride channel activators. In this capacity, lubiprostone, enhances the secretion of chloride-rich intestinal fluid through turning on areas of the apical membrane of the human intestine. Amitiza is indicated for certain cases of chronic idiopathic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation in some adult women. Through the secretion of extra intestinal fluid, lubiprostone enhances intestinal motility and helps reduce constipation.
Amitiza - Dosage and Cost
Lubiprostone itself is a white crystalline powder that is insoluble in water and has no odor. Amitiza is available as lubiprostone 8 mcg and lubiprostone 24 mcg in pink and orange colored oval capsules. Amitiza is often prescribed at doses of lubiprostone 8 mcg twice daily or lubiprostone 24 mcg twice daily, depending on the indication for use. Amitiza should be taken orally with water and food. Amitiza costs up to $5 per Amitiza 24 mcg capsule, at many pharmacies in the United States, making it a moderately expensive medication. At times, it is possible to find an Amitiza coupon online or from the manufacturer when paying for the prescription out of pocket.
Can I Buy Amitiza Online?
Amitiza (lubiprostone) is a prescription medication in the United States. As a result, Amitiza OTC is not available from pharmacies in the US and one cannot simply buy Amitiza online. People who need a lubiprostone prescription, however, can use Amitiza to connect with a licensed medical provider through Push Health and get their Amitiza medication at a local pharmacy if it is safe and appropriate to be prescribed.
Amitiza - Side Effects
Amitiza, like other medications, can cause side effects. Side effects from Amitiza use include nausea, headache, abdominal pain and distention, flatulence and diarrhea. People with a hypersensitivity or allergy to lubiprostone or ingredients in the formulation should not use Amitiza or similar medications. Amitiza and alcohol should not be used together. Prior to using Amitiza, one should discuss concerns and possible side effects with a pharmacist and medical provider.
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Last updated September 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.