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Created: 2005-04-07 16:53:10.0
Modified: 2010-03-09 08:19:02.0
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Canadian Brand Names
Acilac; Apo-Lactulose®; Laxilose; PMS-Lactulose
• 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.
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.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
Mexican Brand Names
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.
U.S. Brand Names
Constulose; Enulose; Generlac; Kristalose®
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.