Lactulose 3.3g/5ml Oral Solution 500ml
Lactulose 3.3g/5ml Oral Solution 500ml
Lactulose oral solution is a laxative medicine that makes the stool softer and easier to pass by drawing water into the bowel. It belongs to a group of medicines known as laxatives, and the active substance is lactulose.
- Lactulose oral solution is a laxative medication.
- The active substance in Lactulose makes the stool softer and easier to pass.
- Lactulose is not absorbed into the body.
- Lactulose oral solution is used to treat constipation.
What does it mean to be constipated?
Being constipated means that your bowel movements are infrequent and difficult to pass, often resulting in hard and dry stool. Although it is a common issue, going more than 3 days without a bowel movement is considered too long and can cause discomfort. While not usually serious, resolving constipation can greatly improve overall well-being.
What are the common symptoms of constipation?
Common symptoms of constipation include having few bowel movements, experiencing difficulty while having a bowel movement, passing hard or small stools, feeling like everything did not come out, and having belly bloating. Some people may also feel the need to press on their belly or use a finger to remove stool from their bottom in order to empty their bowels.
How does lactulose work?
Lactulose is classified as an osmotic laxative that is commonly used to treat constipation. Once consumed, it is metabolized in the bowel and breaks down into substances that attract water out from the body and into the bowel. This process helps to soften stool and make it easier to pass, effectively relieving constipation.
What does Lactulose Solution contain?
The active ingredient in Lactulose Solution is lactulose. Each 5ml of Lactulose Solution contains 3.35g of lactulose. Lactulose Solution does not contain any other ingredients, but it may contain small amounts of other sugars, such as lactose, galactose, epilactose, and fructose.
What are the precautions and warnings associated with taking Lactulose oral solution?
Before taking Lactulose oral solution, you should talk to your doctor if you suffer from any medical conditions or illnesses, in particular, if you suffer from unexplained tummy ache, heart problems caused by accumulation of gas in bowel or stomach (called Roemheld syndrome), if you are unable to digest milk sugar (lactose), or if you have diabetes. You should not take Lactulose oral solution if you suffer from galactose or fructose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency, or glucose-galactose malabsorption. If you experience symptoms like wind or bloating after using Lactulose oral solution, stop treatment and consult your doctor. Long term use of unadjusted dosages or misuse can lead to diarrhoea and disturbance of the mineral balance. Elderly patients, or those in bad general condition taking Lactulose oral solution longer than 6 months, require regular blood checks of their mineral levels.
What should I do if I forget to take Lactulose oral solution?
If you forget to take a dose, then take the next dose at the usual time. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
What should I do if I take too much Lactulose oral solution?
If you take more Lactulose oral solution than you should, please contact your doctor or pharmacist. When you have taken too much Lactulose oral solution, diarrhoea and abdominal pain may occur.
Can Lactulose oral solution cause side effects?
Yes, like all medicines, Lactulose oral solution can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The most common side effects are diarrhoea, flatulence (wind), nausea (feeling sick), vomiting, and abdominal pain. When dosages higher than instructed are used, abdominal pain and diarrhoea may occur. Flatulence may occur during the first few days of treatment, and as a rule, it disappears after a few days. If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any side effects not listed in this leaflet.
Can Lactulose oral solution be taken during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine. Lactulose oral solution may be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Contains traces of sugars (e.g lactose, galactose, epilactose, tagatose, fructose).
Usage and Instructions
Adults: Initially take 15-30ml daily for first 2-3 days (45ml may be given in obstinate cases) then 10-15ml daily or according to the need of the patient.
Children: Initially take 10-25ml daily for first 2-3 days then 5-15ml daily or according to the need of the patient.
Dosage does not appear to be related to the age or weight of the child and should be adjusted to produce the required response.
actulose isn't absorbed into the bloodstream and is not known to be harmful if used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, as with all medicines, you should get medical advice from your doctor before taking lactulose in pregnancy, or if you're breastfeeding.
Do not take Lactulose if you are Lactose intolerant.
Do not take if you have a blockage in your gut (intestinal obstruction).
Do not take if you are intolerant to any of the ingredient.
Get medical advice before taking lactulose if you have symptoms such as severe abdominal pain, feeling sick and vomiting, or rectal bleeding where you don't know the cause, as this could indicate that you have a more serious condition that needs investigating.
Always check with your doctor before giving Lactulose to children.
Lactulose isn't absorbed into the bloodstream and is not known to be harmful if used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, as with all medicines, you should get medical advice from your doctor before taking lactulose in pregnancy, or if you're breastfeeding.
The following are some of the side effects known to be associated with lactulose:
- Flatulence, this usually improves after the first few days of taking lactulose.
- Feeling sick and vomiting. This can usually be avoided by taking the lactulose with water, fruit juice or a meal.
- Abdominal cramps and diarrhoea. These usually only occur if the dose is too high.