Lactulose is a laxative. It is used to treat constipation. This medicine is a synthetic sugar. After its administration, it gets broken down in the colon into mild acids that pull water from the body and release it into the colon.
Using its method of drawing water into the bowel, and making stools softer relieves the individuals concern of constipation. It takes at least 48 hours to produce its action. This medicine is also used as an adjunct in the prevention and treatment of portal-systemic encephalopathy (PSE).
Lactulose is also used to prevent or treat certain brain conditions that are caused by liver failure, which can lead to confusion, problems, tremors, behaviour changes, feeling irritable, loss of coordination, sleep problems and loss of consciousness.
You should not use Lactulose if you are on a special diet low in galactose. To make sure you can safely take this medicine, tell your doctor if you have other medical conditions, especially diabetes or if you need to have a colonoscopy. Possible side effects of this drug are bloating, gas, stomach pain, diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting.
Lactulose comes as liquid to take by mouth. It usually is taken once a day for treatment of constipation and three or four times a day for liver disease. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine should be taken at each dose.
Primary uses of this medicine are:
Is It safe with alcohol?It is found to be safe to consume alcohol along with this medicine.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine is probably safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effect on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?It is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited data suggests that it does not cause any significant risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?There is no interaction between driving and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
Does this affect kidney function?There is no interaction between renal impairment and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
Does this affect liver function?There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
Are there any missed dose instructions?If you miss a dose of Lactulose, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Lactulose as ingredient
This medicine is taken either orally or rectally to treat problems like constipation and hepatic encephalopathy. When used as a laxative, it helps in softening stools by breaking down in the colon and extracting water into the colon. It decreases ammonia in the blood by drawing it into the colon and removing it from the body.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
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