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A 43-year-old member asked:

can lactose intolerance pills work?

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Dr. Hosamane Prabhakara
Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Possibly: My understanding is these pills contain lactase a brush border enzyme which breaks down the sugar in the milk to simpler sugars which aids in the absorption of these sugars .This enzyme is missing in most patients with lactose intolerance and if it supplemented in the form of a pill ,it may work!
Dr. Martin Fried
General Practice 36 years experience
Yes: When taken with meals containing milk sugar lactose, the enzyme lactase found in those pills helps to digest the milk sugar lactose into glucose and galactose. The pills need to be taken at the time of the meal, not before and not after- in order to work. Take in the directed amount based on the amount of milk in the food.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Are the lactose intolerance pills an over-the-counter medicine?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
Yes: Lactaid is over the counter. There are no prescription meds for lactose intolerance.

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