A 39-year-old member asked:
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how long can lactulose work for a person with end-stage liver cirrhosis?

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Dr. Horacio Capote
Specializes in Psychiatry
Very Long: People can use this treatment for the long term.
Answered on Mar 5, 2017
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Dr. Jonathan Ricker
16 years experience Gastroenterology
Depends: Every patient follows the same path in end stage liver disease, the issue is the timing. Eventually, the lactulose might not be enough to treat hepatic encephalopathy and other measures may need to be considered such as rifaximin.
Answered on Jul 5, 2019

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