A 21-year-old male asked:
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i take lactulose and miralax daily for severe constipation. it started causing diarreah but my doc said that's okay. is that safe? lactic acidosis?

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Dr. Christopher Cirino
23 years experience Infectious Disease
It is okay: Lactulose is safe if taken as written in the guidelines - 15-30ml - once to twice daily (60ml/day). It is a rare cause of metabolic acidosis when taken in overdose.
Answered on Jun 7, 2018
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Dr. Yelena Kipervas
23 years experience Family Medicine
Plan. : Safe enough if you drink enough water !!! Dose of Miralax should be decreased if you have diarrhea. Use half of your regular dose.
Answered on Jun 7, 2018
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You should be fine: Lactulose is a non-absorbable sugar, and it does not contain any lactic acid. You should be fine. It cannot cause lactic acidosis. Hope that helps.
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