A 22-year-old male asked:
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i am lactose intolerance (but depends on how much i consume). would lactase pills be effective after symptoms show?

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Dr. Vivek Huilgol
34 years experience Gastroenterology
Probably not...: Probably better in advance...
Answered on Sep 16, 2013
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Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Lactose intolerance: Lactase (http://www.Drugs.Com/cdi/lactase.Html) is a great option for those who are lactose intolerant which as you've noted, depends upon what & how much you eat. Lactase won't work for everyone but it's worth a try.
Answered on Sep 16, 2013
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Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Using the enzyme: The enzyme must be consumed along with whatever lactose containing foods you eat for them to be effective. Taking a few tablets before a meal is the common use. Once you have developed symptoms they cannot reach/effect the process.
Answered on Nov 10, 2017

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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No: You would need to take the lactase before you ingest the lactose. Once the symptoms present it is too late to prevent.
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Dr. James Ferguson
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Maybe/not : There is a variable amount of lactose based on the type of cheese. Some like sharp cheddar have almost none. Lactase pills can replace the enzyme you ... Read More
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