Treating chronic constipation. It is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C) in women.It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Amitiza is a chloride channel activator. It works by increasing fluid secretion in the intestine, which increases intestinal muscle movement and helps you to pass the stool.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Amitiza . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Amitiza . However, no specific interactions with Amitiza are known at this time.
Ask your health care provider if Amitiza may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Amitiza as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Amitiza .
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Back pain; diarrhea; dizziness; gas; headache; heartburn; nausea; stomach pain, upset, or bloating; tiredness; vomiting.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); burning or tingling of the skin; chest discomfort; depression; increased, decreased, or painful urination; irregular heartbeat; severe or persistent diarrhea or nausea; shortness of breath; swelling of the hands or feet.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include fainting; flushing; loss of appetite; pale skin; shortness of breath.Proper storage of Amitiza :
Store Amitiza at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Amitiza out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Amitiza . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.