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    Lactulose

    Information about Lactulose

    Lactulose uses

    Lactulose is used in constipation.

    How lactulose works

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

    Common side effects of lactulose

    Dehydration

    Available Medicine for Lactulose

    • ₹157 to ₹473
      Abbott
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹201 to ₹525
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      5 variant(s)
    • ₹104 to ₹210
      Alkem Laboratories Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹62 to ₹473
      Panacea Biotec Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹97 to ₹175
      Aristo Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹108 to ₹202
      Overseas Healthcare Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹102 to ₹210
      Wallace Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹150 to ₹275
      Albert David Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹105 to ₹201
      Indi Pharma
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹160
      Mankind Pharma Ltd
      1 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Lactulose

    • Avoid taking a Lactulose for more than 1 week, unless prescribed by the doctor, as it leads to dependency on the laxative action to produce a bowel movement. 
    • Together with Lactulose, fiber rich diet containing whole grain bread and cereals, bran, fruits and green leafy vegetables, is essential to maintain healthy bowel function.
    • A Lactulose 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 Lactulose contains sugars.
    • Take Lactulose after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.

    Frequently asked questions for Lactulose

    Lactulose

    Q. Is Lactulose a stool softener, stimulant laxative?
    Lactulose is stool softener, Lactulose is not a stimulant laxative it is a hyperosmotic laxative
    Q. Can I take Lactulose for constipation?
    It can be taken for constipation
    Q. Is Lactulose safe for diabetics?
    In diabetic patients Lactulose may increase the blood sugar, make you feel confused, drowsy, or thirsty. Always consult your doctor before use
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    Q. Does Lactulose increase blood sugar?
    In diabetic patients Lactulose may increase the blood sugar, make you feel confused, drowsy, or thirsty. Always consult your doctor before use
    Q. Does Lactulose contain sugar?
    Lactulose is a non-digestible sugar
    Q. Is Lactulose over the counter?
    Lactulose is available over the counter
    Q. Is Lactulose fattening (makes you fat), cause wind (gas), cause weight loss and bloating?
    Lactulose does not cause weight gain or weight loss. Lactulose can cause bloating and wind (gas)
    Q. Is Lactulose gluten free?
    Lactulose is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use
    Q. How long can I take Lactulose?
    Please consult your doctor for dose and duration required
    Q. Can I take lactulose with antibiotics, omeprazole, Senokot, Fybogel, warfarin, iron tablets, senna, paracetamol, Gaviscon?
    Lactulose may interact with antibiotics, omeprazole, and Gaviscon/calcium carbonate. Senokot/senna, Fybogel/ispaghula when taken with lactulose may result in diarrhea. No interactions have been observed when lactulose is taken with warfarin, iron tablets, and paracetamol
    Q. Does Lactulose contain lactose?
    Lactulose contains lactose, galactose, and small amounts of fructose. Do not take Lactulose if you have intolerance to these sugars.

    Content on this page was last updated on 06 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)