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Is lactulose a stool softener or a laxative?

Is lactulose a stool softener or a laxative?

Lactulose: Lactulose is a synthetic sugar laxative used to treat constipation -- also to treat buildup of ammonia in patients with liver failure. They can become very ill and confused --even obtunded -- when these waste products build up. ...Read more

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Is sodium picosulphate stronger laxative then lactulose?

Is sodium picosulphate stronger laxative then lactulose?

Work differently,: However, i how found sodium picosulfate to be stronger. This can be used for colon cleansing prior to colonoscopy prep. Lactulose is an osmotic laxative and tends to cause more bloating and is not quite as effective as evacuating the colon. ...Read more

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If lactulose does not prove effective then is it good to give sodium picosulphte as laxative to an aged person battling constipation for 6 days?

If lactulose does not prove effective then is it good to give sodium picosulphte as laxative to an aged person battling constipation for 6 days?

Constipation: If you have been constipated for 6 days you should see your physician. They should be able to steer you in the right direction for a laxative that is right for you. There could also be other complications that need to be checked out such as impaction. ...Read more

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For someone with mild milk intolerance, after drinking milk for years causing laxative effect, would it become habit-forming? What about lactulose?

For someone with mild milk intolerance, after drinking milk for years causing laxative effect, would it become habit-forming? What about lactulose?

Lactose intolerance: You do not have the enzyme (lactase) to break down the lactose sugar in milk and thereby the bacteria in your gut have a field day fermenting the sugar and producing the gas and diarrhea. Try lactaid milk or take a couple of lactase tab before drinking milk. Yogurt and cheese however have very little lactose in general. ...Read more

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I have tried Lactulose-family laxatives but had sever cramping and bloating , is it any related to intolerance or allergy?

I have tried Lactulose-family laxatives but had sever cramping and bloating , is it any related to intolerance or allergy?

Common side effects: Lactulose is a sugar that is broken down in, & draws water into, the colon thus softening stools. It is used to treat chronic constipation, as well as treat or prevent complications of liver disease (hepatic encephalopathy). Side effects can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, bloating, & stomach pain. Not meant for purging or weight loss. For situation use, consider more comfortable remedies. ...Read more

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Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Dont want to keep taking laxatives?

Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Dont want to keep taking laxatives?

Work-up appropriate: Before you contemplate longterm laxative dependency, seek medical evaluation--rule out metabolic causes of constipation (e.g. Low thyroid or adrenal conditions), distinguish slow versus normal transit constipation, consider a primary rectal dysfunction that may be treatable with biofeedback, check for structural pathology or extrinsic impingement, or intermittent ileus (e.g. Pseudo-obstruction). ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lactulose?

What are the side effects of lactulose?

Gi: This is used for a variety of conditions but can cause nausea/bloating/vomiting/severe diarrhea/intestinal cramps and abdominal distention, as well as complications from excessive diarrhea if excessive amounts are used. ...Read more

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Can lactulose flush out THC from system?

Can lactulose flush out THC from system?

NO: No, but stopping using it will, after a couple of weeks. Then not restarting will keep it out of your system. ...Read more

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Is constulose the same thing as lactulose?

Is constulose the same thing as lactulose?

Brand name: Constulose is a brand name for lactulose, a non-absorbed synthetic sugar that is used to rid the body of excess ammonium in people with cirrhosis (severe liver disease), and can be used to treat constipation. ...Read more

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If a person has sibo (lactulose positive), what diet is best for them to be on?

If a person has sibo (lactulose positive), what diet is best for them to be on?

Low complex carbs : Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (sibo) can have multiple causes, is excessive bacterial count in the small intestine. Can be associated with overuse of proton pump inhibitors, fistulas in the bowel, motility disorders, scleroderma, celiac disease, certain gastric ulcer surgery, some immune diseases. Rx is geared toward the underlying cause and antibiotics. Less complex cho (bread) may help. ...Read more

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I take 45ml (3 tbs) of Lactulose everyday for about 5 months now. It has caused dehydration and my bp has gone from 120/75 to 108/70. Is this safe?

Lactulose safety: Unless you are a diabetic lactulose is a safe medication, however, like anything else if you are taking too much, especially if not necessary( having normal BM or diarrhea) it can cause issues. I am not sure what other signs of dehydration you are having but 108/70 is still a normal BP unless you are feeling weak and dizzy. Drink plenty of fluids and consult with your doctor the need of lactulose. ...Read more

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Why are alcoholics given lactulose?

Why are alcoholics given lactulose?

For confusion: Alcoholics, who develop cirrhosis can have "encephalopathy", which is predominantly due to high ammonia. This can cause several symptoms, such as forgetfulness, low concentration, change in sleep, confusion, etc. These symptoms can be treated with lactulose. ...Read more

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What is lactulose?

What is lactulose?

A very syrupy, BIG: Gun laxative. At is a complex, non-absorable sugar as described by dr. Kopes-kerr, but I use it in patients with bad, multiple day no bm constipation. Don't confuse with lactose, the sugar in milk, and many are intolerant of it, causing flatulence and cramping. ...Read more

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Hoe many hours apart to take my lactulose?

Depends: For constipation every 12-24 hours apart. For encephalopathy associated with liver function then it's every 6-8 hours. You can always call the prescribing doctor for further questions. ...Read more

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How much lactulose can I take without overdose symptoms?

Low toxicity: Lactulose is one of the safest of all medicines. Take the dose your physician recommends, or if you are determined to experiment, until you can't stand the diarrhea any more. ...Read more

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How many hours apart should lactulose 15ml be taking I'm taking 30ml a day?

Depends why taking: If lactulose is being used to soften stool or lower ammonia level, then twice daily (near breakfast and near dinner) would minimize diarrhea risk. Single doses can be up to 90-120ml, so dose size not a concern. ...Read more

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