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What Is Lubiprostone Used For?

There are three different types of irritable bowel syndrome:
Lubiprostone is only approved for use in people who have IBS with constipation; it is not intended to be used by people who have the other types. IBS can be affected by many things, including your diet and stress (see Stress and Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or other emotions. In addition to medication, avoiding certain food (see IBS Diet) or stressful situations may help to relieve symptoms of IBS.
Symptoms of IBS with constipation include abdominal pain (stomach pain) or bloating and changes in bowel movements. With constipation, bowel movements are less frequent and can be hard. These hard bowel movements can cause straining and pain.
Lubiprostone is only approved for use in women with this condition. It has not been shown to be an effective IBS medication for men. Also, it has not been studied for treating irritable bowel syndrome in children.
Opioid Constipation
Constipation is a common side effect of opioid pain medications such as morphine, oxycodone, or hydrocodone, among many others. Unlike many other opioid side effects, this one generally does not go away over time, and people generally do not become accustomed to it. Many people taking opioids on a regular basis rely on stimulant laxatives to deal with this side effect.
Lubiprostone is approved to treat constipation due to chronic opioid use in adults with noncancer pain.

How Does Lubiprostone Work?

Lubiprostone works by activating chloride channels in the intestines. This helps stimulate the flow of intestinal fluid, which, in turn, stimulates the movement of food through the intestines.
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