Constipation occurs when bowel movements lessen and stools are hard to pass. Straining, hard stools, incomplete bowl emptying, and less than three bowel movements a week are a few symptoms of constipation.
Treatment for constipation includes medication, fiber, and an increase in water intake. Common classes of medication include osmotic laxatives, chloride channel activators, stimulant laxatives, and stool softener laxatives.
Amitiza (lubiprostone) is a laxative used to treat chronic constipation and constipation caused by opioids. Amitiza is the only drug in the chloride channel activators class. There are currently no generic alternatives to Amitiza.
Check our savings tips for co-pay cards, assistance programs, and other ways to reduce your cost. Amitiza is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans.
Sodium picosulfate/magnesium oxide/anhydrous citric acid (Prepopik) is an expensive drug used to clean out the bowel before a colonoscopy. This drug is more popular than comparable drugs. There are currently no generic alternatives to Prepopik. It is not covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some manufacturer and pharmacy coupons can help offset the cost.