AMITIZA: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Opioid-Induced Constipation “I recently had back surgery and was given Dilaudid for pain. I have lymphocytic colitis also which usually means lots of watery diarrhea but I had been having constipation before my back surgery. After surgery the constipation has been awful. My doctor gave me samples of Amitiza and I took one 24mcg pill a day and after the 3rd day it was somewhat easier to have a bowel movement. It’s now been about 2 weeks and my doctor increased it to 2 pills a day. It is not working AT ALL. I am more constipated than I was before surgery. I don’t know whether to continue on it or not. I hate this bloated full feeling all the time. Any suggestions?”

Nursietj (taken for less than 1 month) March 12, 2018

For Constipation, Chronic “I have been severely constipated for years after 20 years of chronic diarrhea. Have had to resort to enemas and laxatives just to get some relief. Was on linzess 290 for year and a half and it was so inconsistent when it worked. Started amitiza 24 mcg couple of months ago. You definitely have to eat while taking it literally. I only have to take it once a day now and I feel like it is a miracle. I just hope it doesn’t stop working. I am finally feeling normal and not sluggish and miserable anymore. It is quite expensive as my insurance pays very little and I’m out $259 per month. It’s definitely worth it to me. I was probably spending more than that on OTC stuff anyway.”

FINALLY RELIEF February 12, 2018

For Constipation, Chronic “just awful!”

sarajbl (taken for 1 to 6 months) December 20, 2017

For Irritable Bowel Syndrome “I’ve been on Amitiza 24mg for 2 years. At first it was 2 pills a day, but the side effects were horrible. The doctor then reduced it to 1 pill a day and at first it worked great. But in the last year I’ve had constant, explosive diarrhea with constant stomach pains. Last Saturday was the last straw and I stopped taking it. Now I’m a little constipated and have some stomach pain but no explosive diarrhea. The medicine they give you to stop the diarrhea, while on amitiza, constipates me for a week and makes me feel extremely uncomfortable and full. I’ll take IBS constipation over that any day.”

Anonymous150 (taken for 2 to 5 years) December 4, 2017

For Constipation, Chronic “I’ve recently started taking Amitiza 24 mcg twice daily for chronic constipation. I wasn’t having any luck with OTC remedies. It took me 3 days to finally start have things move. I did experience slight nausea after taking each dose. Tolerable though. Hopefully as the next few days come and go things move along much better.”

AnonymouslyfromPa December 2, 2017

For Irritable Bowel Syndrome “I’m a woman who’s had IBS for 50 years. A male GI was no help—his notes said I was “too concerned with my bowel movements”. Apparently a skeptic about IBS. I saw a PA, who prescribed Amitiza. I took 24 mcg 2x daily more than a year, which worked well until I started having episodes of thin diarrhea without warning. I discontinued Amitiza and my bowels worked normally for a couple of months, but the old familiar constipation is back. I will try 24 mcg once a day. I have no idea if that will work, and realize that my PA would prefer monitoring me. However, I feel at this point that I have enough sense about my own body to make this decision myself. Just be aware: even if the drug works well, your response to it may change.”

Aniche (taken for 1 to 2 years) November 18, 2017

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