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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.
The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.
Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.
Amitiza is a chloride channel activator. It increases fluid secretion in your intestines which increases intestinal muscle movement and helps make it easier to pass stools (bowel movements). Amitiza is used to treat chronic constipation in adults. It is also used to treat irritable bowel syndrome in women with constipation as the main symptom. Amitiza may also be used for other purposes not listed here.
Take Amitiza exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take it in larger doses or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take Amitiza with food. Drink a full glass of water when you take this medication. You may have tightness in your chest or feel short of breath within 1 hour after taking Amitiza. This side effect should go away within 3 hours, but it may occur again when you take your next dose. Talk with your doctor if this side effect becomes bothersome. Do not take Amitiza if you have severe diarrhea. Call your doctor for instructions. Store Amitiza at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Stop using Amitiza and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have severe vomiting or diarrhea.
Before you go ahead and buy Amitiza, you must know about the side effects it has. Some common side effects include:
Inform your doctor if any of the mentioned side effects worsen. Some serious side effects of this medication include swelling of arms or legs and sudden mood changes. Amitiza may even cause high blood pressure or fainting.