A 29-year-old female asked:
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Is amitiza (lubiprostone) a laxative and how does it affect sibo breath test if i take it a week before. Also how long does it take amitiza (lubiprostone) 8mcg to work?

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Dr. You Sung Sang
30 years experience in Gastroenterology
Yes and no: Amitiza (lubiprostone) is a novel type of "laxative". Technically speaking, it is a locally acting chloride channel activator in the gut. It should not affect the breath test (which measures for bacterial overgrowth). It's onset of action can range from a few minutes to a few hours dependent upon your motility.
Answered on Jun 30, 2018
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