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Lubiprostone is commonly prescribed to treat chronic idiopathic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, and constipation due to opioid use. The medicine works by activating chloride channels in the digestive tract, stimulating the movement of food through the intestines. Lubiprostone comes in capsule form and is usually taken twice a day. Potential side effects include nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.
What Is Lubiprostone?Lubiprostone (Amitiza®) is a prescription medication licensed for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) with constipation in women
- Chronic idiopathic constipation (long-term constipation with no apparent cause)
- Constipation due to opioid pain medications in people with chronic noncancer pain.