The company named Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc. had a 10% increase in shares after a very important event: the US health institutions shared the news that they will expedite their review for the Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s petition that was made with the purpose of spreading wider the use of their constipation drug called Amitiza.
Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc. have developed the constipation drug called Amitiza in collaboration with a Japanese company, called Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd. Together, the two companies are seeking to obtain the US health regulators approval to let the people from all over the world use their constipation drug named Amitiza. Amitiza was especially designed to treat the constipation issue, a problem that every people on the planet deal with at a certain point in their lives.
But what is special at Amitiza drug is the fact that it was created to treat the constipation that is caused by the so called opioids, which are prescribed for the people and patient that were diagnosed with chronic but non-cancer pain.
What is a priority review?
It is the OK that the FDA releases, from time to time, to the drugs that claim they are able to treat the most serious diseases or claim that they can fill a craving or unmet medical need for patients in general. The FDA expedites and also reviews the drugs, and then it clears them for the wide consume.
The fact that the FDA expedited a review for the drug called Amitiza means that the US Food and Drug Administration will look into the Amitiza constipation drug and sooner rather than later. The amount of time shrank from the usual 10 months time to the 6 months time in the case of the Amitiza drug. The drug will undergo the FDA revision in 6 months. The two companies – Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd. are waiting the FDA’s decision by the end of the January 2013.
However, the Amitiza drug has already been approved for large consume in the US, especially for the people (adults) that are using a treatment for chronic constipation and also for women who have the irritable bowel syndrome, which can frequently be accompanied by constipation. It is known that the use of opioids in order to manage the pain can lead to constipation, making it a side effect for this unhealthy usage. Besides the expedite review released by the FDA, it remains the questions about the Amitiza drug.
What is the Amitiza drug constipation more exactly?
What can it do and how can it get us rid of chronic constipation?
How do we use it? What are its side effects?
What happens in case of overdose? What are the precautions that should accompany its usage?
How does Amitiza interact in our bodies and with what other drugs shouldn’t be combined?
And most of all, is Amitiza worthy of the FDA’s priority review? These are all normal questions that we’re going to treat in the following lines.
First of all, let’s find out more about the Amitiza drug. This drug can treat a series of constipation types, such as chronic idiopathic constipation and the irritable bowel syndrome that is mixed with the constipation. The first type of constipation – the choric idiopathic type – doesn’t have a known cause, and all specialists can say about it is that it is not due to other diseases, it is not caused by other drugs and it doesn’t have to do with the diet.
The Amitiza drug claims to be able to improve a series of symptoms, such as: abdominal discomfort, bloating, the stool’s texture, it is able to lessen someone’s need to strain and it also decreases the feeling of one not feeling completely relieved with oneself.
The usage of the Amitiza is quite simple. You only have to take the drug by mouth, combined with food and water, according to what your doctor has directed you. The usual dosage is twice per day. You have to swallow the whole medication. It is not recommended to chew or to break the Amitiza constipation drug. The ideal dosage is always based on the medical condition that you are into and also on how you respond to the treatment. It is also best to take it on the same interval of time each day.
The most common side effects that Amitiza has are the following: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, gas, runny nose and dry mouth, fever, cough, joint pain, back pain, headache, trouble sleeping. You might experience these side effects on a worse scale than normal, this is why it is important to maintain a close connection to your doctor during the time of the treatment.
You have to inform him or her of anything you feel, good and especially bad. If you ever happen to experience the swelling of your arms or your legs, a mental or mood changes and a severe diarrhea, you should immediately inform your doctor. There is also a possibility – a minor one, but still, it’s good to know – for you to be allergic with the medication, so, in case you experience an allergic reaction and you develop rash, itching of the face or tongue or throat, or the swelling of these zones, a severe dizziness and you have trouble breathing, alert your doctor immediately.
What should you do in case you overdose with Amitiza? In this case, you should instantly contact a emergency room or a specialized poison control center in order to get the attention needed. You know you have overdosed if you experience some of these symptoms: sweating, loss of appetite, paleness, flushing, fainting.
On the other side, if it happens to miss a dose, don’t be late and take it as soon as you remember that you have forgotten about it. However, if it happens to be the time you take the next dose, skip the missed one and focus on following your usual dosing schedule. Don’t worry about the missing dose.
What precautions do you have to take before you’re starting a treatment with Amitiza?
Well, first, you should tell your doctor if you are allergic to the medication or If you have any allergies at any other type of drugs and medication. Amitiza constipation drug may have some inactive ingredients that could provoke you allergies later on.
Make sure you inform your doctor about the medical history of yours, more so if you had problems with the stomach or the intestines, such as severe diarrhea, a blockage or liver disease.
In the pregnancy period, given the fact that the drug can pass into the breast milk and be ingested by the child, this drug should be taken only when it is clearly needed and the pregnant woman should always talk to the doctor before starting to breast feed the infant.
The interaction between all the drugs and medication that you’re taking or you’ve taken can seriously increase the risk of developing severe side effects. This is why it is ideal for you to keep a list with all the medication and products that you used or you have been using lately, so that the specialist knows what to and how much of the Amitiza constipation drug to recommend you.
All things considered, it is important to establish if the Amitiza constipation drug is worthy of being prioritized and reviewed earlier than other drugs by the FDA. There is no wrong or correct answer to that, it is only your opinion on the matter. However, if the FDA looks into the drug and discover something ugly, it is better to know sooner rather than later.
However, if you are eager to try the Amitiza constipation drug in order to get rid of your stool problems, it is important to be properly informed about it and keep in mind to never take the medication without going to see and talk to a doctor before. Health is sensitive and it is best if you don’t play around with it.