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Lactitol

INFORMATION

Uses

Lactitol is used in constipation.

How it works

Lactitol works by drawing water into the intestine through osmosis, that makes the stools soft and easier to pass.

Common side effects

Abdominal distension, Abdominal pain, Abnormal gastrointestinal sound, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Itching, Nausea, Gastrointestinal discomfort

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Expert advice

  • Together with Lactitol, fiber rich diet containing whole grain bread and cereals, bran, fruits and green leafy vegetables, is essential to maintain healthy bowel function.
  • Take Lactitol after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.
  • A Lactitol should preferably be taken at bedtime because it requires 6 to 8 hours to show impact.
  • Notify your doctor if you are on a low-sugar diet because the Lactitol contains sugars.
  • Avoid taking a Lactitol for more than 1 week, unless prescribed by the doctor, as it leads to dependency on the laxative action to produce a bowel movement. 


Content on this page was last updated on 28 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)