Lactulose: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT LACTULOSE
LACTULOSE is used to treat constipation. LACTULOSE is given as enema in patients who are unable to take it by mouth.
• Application site irritation
• Nausea and vomiting
• Abdominal pain
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR LACTULOSE
• LACTULOSE will be given rectally.
• Take LACTULOSE along with fruits, green leafy vegetables, whole grain bread and cereals, bran to maintain healthy bowel function.
• Drink enough amount of fluids as suggested by your doctor while taking LACTULOSE.
• Avoid taking LACTULOSE if you have a rare problem called 'galactosaemia, also if you have an intestinal blockage, digestive perforation or risk of digestive perforation. Do not forget to inform your doctor if you have any of the above problems before taking LACTULOSE.
• Avoid taking LACTULOSE for more than 1 week unless it is prescribed by your doctor as it leads to dependency on laxative action to produce a bowel moment.
• Always keep your doctor informed about the ongoing medication or the ones which you have taken in the past, including over-the-counter medicines and herbal medicines.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q) How does LACTULOSE work?
A) LACTULOSE belongs to medications called laxative. LACTULOSE works by making the stool softer and easier to pass by drawing water into the bowel. Thus, LACTULOSE helps in treating constipation.
Q) Does LACTULOSE cause electrolyte imbalance?
A) Yes, LACTULOSE may cause electrolyte imbalance when used for long-term. Please do not take LACTULOSE more than the prescribed dose as it may cause serious side-effects. Always follow your doctor’s advice before taking LACTULOSE.
Q) Is LACTULOSE a laxative or stool softener?
A) LACTULOSE acts as both. It acts as a laxative which is used to treat constipation by increasing the number of bowel movements per day and as a stool softener that works by increasing stool water content and helps in softening the stool.
Q) Does LACTULOSE make you gain/lose weight?
A) No, LACTULOSE is not reported to cause weight gain or weight loss because it is not digestible and has no nutritional value. The common side effects of LACTULOSE are abdominal cramp and flatulence (gas).
Q) Does LACTULOSE increase blood sugar level?
A) There is no reported episode of increase in blood sugar level while taking LACTULOSE. Some people may think LACTULOSE and lactose are same but LACTULOSE is a synthetic sugar that is broken down in the colon into products that pull water from the body into the colon. As LACTULOSE is broken down in the colon, it is not absorbed in intestine and therefore has very little effect on glucose levels.
Q) Can I take LACTULOSE for long-term?
A) No, you are advised not to use LACTULOSE for long-term as it may lead to diarrhoea, electrolyte imbalance and disturbance to your normal bowel movement pattern. You are advised to speak to your doctor if you have been suffering from constipation from a long time. He/she may prescribe you alternative medication or modify your diet.
Q) Is LACTULOSE safe on overdose?
A) No, taking any medication more than prescribed dose leads to side-effects and sometimes likely turns into serious adverse effects. In case of overdosage, you may experience abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Contact your doctor if you have taken LACTULOSE more than you should.