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Overview

Introduction

Lactihep Syrup is a type of sugar used to treat constipation. This medicine works by drawing water into the intestine through osmosis, which makes the stool soft and easier to pass.

Lactihep Syrup should be taken as advised by your doctor. It may be taken with or without food. You should take it as per your doctor's advice, and you can mix it with water or fruit juice if you prefer. Use this medicine regularly to get the most benefit and try to take it at the same time(s) each day. Your dose may go up or down depending on how well it is working. Do not take more than you are advised to and, if you miss a dose, do not take an extra one to make up for it. Lactihep Syrup takes at least 48 hours to work. Talk to your doctor if you are still constipated after three days.

The most common side effects are abdominal distension, cramps, and flatulence. These are usually mild and go away after a couple of days. You may also feel (or be) sick. You can help avoid the side effects by drinking plenty of fluids, taking your medicine between meals. Occasionally people develop serious side effects including severe stomach pain, severe diarrhea, mood changes, and seizures. Talk to your doctor straight away if you notice any of these.

Before taking this medicine, you should tell your doctor if you have diabetes or if you are unable to digest milk sugar (lactose intolerant). If you use this medicine over a long period of time, your doctor may want you to have occasional blood tests to check the mineral levels (e.g. potassium and sodium). Do not take other laxative medicines while taking this medicine and check with your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Uses of Lactihep Syrup

Side effects of Lactihep Syrup

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Lactihep

  • Cramps
  • Abdominal distension
  • Flatulence

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Cramps
    Some people use herbal remedies, acupuncture and psychological therapies to manage pain. Using hot and cold compress can also help reduce the pain temporarily. Ask your doctor about suitable painkillers if it bothers you or does not go away.
  • Coping with Flatulence
    Try eating small and frequent meals. Drink and chew your food slowly. Exercise regularly to improve how your body digests food. Try not to swallow too much air. This can happen when you talk and eat at the same time. Avoid drinking with a straw, chewing gum and smoking as these can also make you swallow air. Try to limit foods that are hard to digest or produce gas (such as fried and fatty foods, cheese, beans, cabbage, onion, whole grains and many others). Avoid drinking alcohol, carbonated soft drinks and fruit juices. If you wear dentures, make sure they fit properly. Some over-the-counter medicines can help. Talk to your doctor about possible medication if your condition does not improve.

How to use Lactihep Syrup

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Check the label for directions before use. Measure it with a measuring cup and take it by mouth. Shake well before use. Lactihep Syrup may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Lactihep Syrup works

Lactihep Syrup works by drawing water into the intestine through osmosis, which makes the stool soft and easier to pass.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Lactihep Syrup. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Lactihep Syrup during pregnancy is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Lactihep Syrup during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
SAFE
Lactihep Syrup does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Lactihep Syrup in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Lactihep Syrup in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Lactihep Syrup?

If you miss a dose of Lactihep Syrup, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Lactihep Syrup is used for the treatment of constipation.
  • It should preferably be taken at bedtime as it requires 6 to 8 hours to show effect.
  • It is usually taken once a day as needed for up to 2 weeks. Take it exactly as prescribed by the doctor.
  • Some healthy tips to prevent constipation from happening:
    • Eat more fiber in your diet. Recommended daily intake is 20-35g
    • Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day
    • Exercise regularly at least 3 times per week
    • Do not hold in stool as that can worsen bowel issues
  • Take it atleast 2 hours after taking other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.
  • Inform your doctor if you have a history of stomach disorders such as appendicitis or a blockage in your bowel.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Dimeric Sugar Alcohol
Habit Forming
No

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FAQs

Q. How long does it take for Lactihep to work?

It takes about 2-3 days to see the benefits of the treatment. Talk to your doctor if you feel constipated even after 3 days of taking Lactihep.

Q. What is Lactihep used for?

Lactihep is used to treat constipation which is presented as infrequent bowel movements, hard and dry stools. It is also used in patients with hepatic encephalopathy (serious liver problem causing confusion, tremors and decreased level of consciousness).

Q. Is Lactihep a laxative?

Yes, Lactihep is a laxative which softens the stools by pulling in water from the body to the large intestine. It is also used to reduce the amount of ammonia in the blood of patients with liver disease.

Q. What are the side effects of taking Lactihep?

Lactihep very commonly causes diarrhea, flatulence, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Diarrhea and abdominal pain occur due to high dose and dose should be reduced in such cases. Flatulence may occur during the first few days of treatment and may disappear after sometime. This medicine may also cause electrolyte imbalance. However, this is an uncommon side effect.

Q. Is it okay to take Lactihep every day?

You should take Lactihep for as long as advised by your doctor. You may also take it for as long as constipation lasts, which may be upto a week. For hepatic encephalopathy, the treatment may be longer, may be several months.

Q. Who should not be given Lactihep?

Lactihep should not be given to patients who are allergic to it or are intolerant to lactose (cannot process lactose). It should also be avoided in patients having galactosemia, a rare health problem where body cannot process galactose.

Q. Can I take other laxatives along with Lactihep?

Usually one laxative is sufficient to relieve constipation. In case you need it, your doctor may advise you to take one more laxative along with Lactihep. The risk of side effects is more with 2 laxatives.

Q. What if I take more than the recommended dose of Lactihep?

Taking more than the recommended dose of Lactihep may cause abdominal pain, electrolyte imbalance and diarrhea, which may last for a couple of days.

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References

  1. Lactitol monohydrate [Core Safety Profile]; 2010. [Accessed 30 Jan. 2020] (online) Available from: External Link

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