Lactulose
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Lactulose Overview

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U.S. Brand Names

Constulose; Enulose; Generlac; Kristalose®

Canadian Brand Names

Acilac; Apo-Lactulose®; Laxilose; PMS-Lactulose

Mexican Brand Names

Lactulax; Regulact

Pharmacologic Category

Ammonium Detoxicant; Laxative, Osmotic

Reasons not to take this medicine

• If you have an allergy to lactulose or any other part of this medicine.

• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.

• If you are on a low-galactose or lactose-free diet.

• If you are taking other laxatives.

How does it work?

• Lactulose decreases absorption of toxins into the system.

• It softens the stool by increasing its water content.

How is it best taken?

• Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.

• Take this medicine with a full glass of water.

• Mix with juice, milk, water, or sweet foods to improve taste.

• Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Dilute with water first. Flush the feeding tube before and after medicine is given.

• If for constipation, drink plenty of noncaffeine-containing liquid unless told to drink less liquid by healthcare provider.

What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)

• Take a missed dose as soon as possible.

• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.

• Many times this medicine is taken on an as needed basis.

What should I monitor?

• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

• Follow up with healthcare provider.

How should I store this medicine?

• Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.

General statements

• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.

• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.

• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.

• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.

• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).

• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.

• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

Created: 2005-04-07 16:53:10.0

Modified: 2010-03-09 08:19:02.0

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