WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN TAKING AMITIZA

Because CIC, OIC, and IBS-C are medical conditions, it’s important to follow your treatment plan as instructed by your doctor. This means refilling your prescription when it’s due (even if you are feeling better) and scheduling follow-up appointments with your doctor as needed. You and your doctor should regularly assess the need for continued therapy.

If you have a new prescription, or just want to learn more about AMITIZA, here is some information about what to expect when starting treatment.

 

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Here’s how you should take AMITIZA

AMITIZA should be taken twice a day or as prescribed by your doctor, and for as long as your doctor recommends. Check in with your doctor on a regular basis so they know if AMITIZA is working for you, or if your treatment needs to be adjusted.

Take AMITIZA with food and water
Swallow the gelatin capsule whole; do not break it apart or chew it
Tell your doctor if you have liver problems or if you are taking a diphenylheptane opioid (e.g., methadone) or any medications to lower blood pressure.
 

Patients taking AMITIZA may experience nausea. Taking AMITIZA with food and water may help reduce this symptom.

Additional information to keep in mind when taking AMITIZA:

  • The capsule should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening or daily as prescribed by your healthcare professional (HCP).
  • If you have severe diarrhea, stop taking AMITIZA and tell your doctor.
  • Patients on treatment may experience fainting and low blood pressure after taking the first dose or repeated doses of AMITIZA. Stop taking AMITIZA and tell your HCP if these reactions occur. Symptoms usually go away before the next dose but may recur with repeated use. Tell your HCP if you are taking any medications to lower blood pressure. Other side effects such as diarrhea or vomiting may increase the risk of fainting and low blood pressure.
  • Patients on treatment who experience a sensation of chest tightness or shortness of breath should inform their doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of AMITIZA, just skip that dose. Do not take two capsules to make up for the missed dose. Instead, just wait until the next time you are supposed to take it, and then take your normal dose.
  • Store AMITIZA at room temperature and protect from light and extreme temperatures. AMITIZA should be stored in a tightly closed, child-proof container and kept out of the reach of children.
  • Do not use AMITIZA past the expiration date shown on the package.
 
 

Learn about the most common side effects related to AMITIZA

You may experience side effects when taking AMITIZA. Tell your doctor about any side effects you have. Below are the most common side effects of AMITIZA for each type of chronic constipation that AMITIZA treats.

See the Prescribing Information for a complete list of side effects.

 
 

Chronic Idiopathic Constipation

For Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC), the most common side effects of AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily) are:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abdominal distension
  • Gas

While these aren't all the side effects of AMITIZA, your doctor or pharmacist can give you a more complete list. You can also see the complete Prescribing Information.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation

For Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS-C), the most common side effects of AMITIZA (8 mcg twice daily) are:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain

While these aren't all the side effects of AMITIZA, your doctor or pharmacist can give you a more complete list. You can also see the complete Prescribing Information.

Opioid-Induced Constipation

For Opioid-Induced Constipation (OIC), the most common side effects of AMITIZA (24 mcg twice daily) are:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea

While these aren't all the side effects of AMITIZA, your doctor or pharmacist can give you a more complete list. You can also see the complete Prescribing Information.

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Uses & Important Safety Information

AMITIZA is for CIC in adults, OIC in adults with chronic, non-cancer pain, and IBS-C in women ≥ 18 years. Effectiveness in patients taking methadone has not been established.

Important Safety Information

AMITIZA (lubiprostone) is not for everyone. If you know or suspect you have a bowel blockage, do not take AMITIZA. If you are unsure, your healthcare provider (HCP) should evaluate your condition before starting AMITIZA.

Some patients taking AMITIZA may experience nausea. Take AMITIZA with food and water to reduce the occurrence of nausea.

Do not take AMITIZA if you have severe diarrhea. Some patients taking AMITIZA may experience diarrhea. If your diarrhea becomes severe, stop taking AMITIZA and tell your HCP.

Patients may experience fainting and low blood pressure after taking the first dose or repeated doses of AMITIZA. Stop taking AMITIZA and tell your HCP if these reactions occur. Symptoms usually go away before the next dose but may recur with repeated use. Tell your HCP if you are taking any medications to lower blood pressure. Other side effects such as diarrhea or vomiting may increase the risk of fainting and low blood pressure.

Within an hour of taking AMITIZA, a sensation of chest tightness and shortness of breath may occur. These symptoms usually go away within three hours, but may recur with repeated use. Tell your HCP if you experience these symptoms.

The most common side effects of taking AMITIZA 24 mcg twice daily for CIC are nausea, diarrhea, headache, abdominal pain, abdominal distension, and gas. The most common side effects of taking AMITIZA 24 mcg twice daily for Opioid-Induced Constipation are nausea and diarrhea. The most common side effects of taking AMITIZA 8 mcg twice daily for IBS-C are nausea, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. These are not all the side effects associated with AMITIZA.

Tell your HCP if you are taking a diphenylheptane opioid (e.g., methadone).

AMITIZA has not been studied in pregnant women. Based on animal studies, AMITIZA may cause fetal harm. AMITIZA should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the fetus. If you are pregnant or become pregnant while being treated with AMITIZA, talk to your HCP to evaluate the risks to the fetus. Tell your HCP if you are nursing and monitor infants for diarrhea.

Tell your HCP if you have liver problems.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Indications

AMITIZA (lubiprostone) 24 mcg capsules twice daily is approved to treat Chronic Idiopathic Constipation (CIC) in adults. “Idiopathic” means the cause of the constipation is unknown and not due to an underlying illness or medication. AMITIZA 24 mcg twice daily is also approved to treat constipation caused by opioids (OIC), a type of prescription pain medicine, in adults with chronic, non-cancer pain. The effectiveness of AMITIZA has not been established if you are taking a diphenylheptane opioid (e.g., methadone). AMITIZA 8 mcg capsules twice daily is approved to treat Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Constipation (IBS-C) in women ≥18 years of age and older.

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