My mother (81, good health) had a colon resection (3 feet removed) almost 4 weeks ago due to perforated bowel/volvulus. Since then she has had very slow bowel motility but lower GI series and xrays have not indicated any type of obstruction. Several attempts at eating have resulted in bloating and abdominal pain, necessitating NG tube and NPO status while bowel is evacuated. She was given Reglan IV every 6 hours for the past 2-3 days with good results and she is now attempting to eat again. She will start taking Amitiza today instead of Reglan. I don't see Amitiza listed as specifically for improving gastric motility or peristalsis, but rather for increasing fluid in the stool...
Yes, I agree with you. I could only find information about Amitiza and its use to treat constipation.
However, Amitiza works by increasing fluid secretion in the intestines which has the effect of increasing intestinal muscle movement . Maybe this will improve your mothers gastric motility and help with passing a bowel motion.
Speak to your mothers specialist who will be able to clarify this for you.
I was prescribed Amitiza for constipation. I use Nexium for the upper G.I. issues. There are a number of medications in the same class of reglan. Prevasid Zantac Nexium Acifex etc. I would defintely ask her doctor about this if anything at least you will have peace of mind that it is what she is supposed to be taking and maybe it hasn't taken effect yet or she may need a different medication. You never know and mistakes do happen. Air on the side of caution especially since she is unconfortable. Good Luck and I will keep your Mom in my prayers. You are a good daughter.
In lieu of Amitiza or Linzess, you might try a naturopathic medicine - Colon Max by Advanced Naturals or Cleanse More by Renew Life. Both have triphala blend for the bulk. This usually gets the colon to work without causing diarhea. (I have has history of bowel obstructions and other diagnoses.)
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