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I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and am trying to find out if my daily medications are gluten free. I take propranolol, Synthroid, (thyroxine) and Lactulose.?

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease and am trying to find out if my daily medications are gluten free. I take propranolol, Synthroid, (thyroxine) and Lactulose.?

Most likely: I am not aware of any drugs with gluten added intentionally. If anything, corn starch is more likely to be used. You can always contact the manufacturers if concerned but I think the likelihood of gluten in drugs is extremely low. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Lactulose (Definition)

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Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Don't want to keep taking laxatives?

Have had bad bowel movements for years and tried lots of medication. Would lactulose help. Don't 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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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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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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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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What're the adverse effects of lactulose?

What're the adverse effects of lactulose?

Bloating: Abdominal bloating, cramps and loose bowel movements. Some patients do not like the sweet taste. ...Read more

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What is lactulose, and why is it given to liver patients?

Non-digestible sugar: Lactulose is a non-digestible sugar. When ingested, it is metabolized by normal colon bacteria into small fatty acids, acetic acid, & lactic acid. The extra h+ attracts & binds ammonia (nh3) from the blood creating ammonium (nh4+). This is trapped in the colon & defecated out. This reduces the overall blood ammonia concentration which worsens hepatic encephalopathy. But it also causes diarrhea. ...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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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 is lactulose used for a patient who has azotemia?

If liver problems: Lactulose is a poorly absorbable carbohydrate, causes gas, bloat, diarrhea; changes pH in bowel, affects bacteria; causes less ammonia production which somehow affects thought process, mentation in patients with chronic liver disease who can't clear these chemicals as well as norm.
Sometimes given for chronic constipation. Sorbitol works similarly, cheaper, found in sugarless candies, mints, gu. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between lactose and lactulose?

Lactose/Lactulose: Lactulose is a synthetic non-digestible sugar used in treatment of chronic constipation & hepatic encephalopathy. It is produced by isomerization of lactose.
Lactose is in milk & is formed from glucose & galactose.
Is formed from fructose & galactose. ...Read more

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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 it dangerous to take lactulose with mdma?

Is it dangerous to take lactulose with mdma?

MDMA: Mdma is dangerous enough to take on its own, with risk of neurotoxicity from too much serotonin stimulation in the brain. Lactulose is a synthetic sugar used to treat constipation -- also to treat buildup of ammonia in patients with liver failure. They can become very ill and confused --even obtunded -- with this. It's not likely to deliver a pleasant high. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between Dulcolax pills and lactulose solution bp?

Yes: Ducolax is a stimulant type of laxitive and should be used sparingly. Lactulose is not and is a osmotic. Since its not a stimulant u can use frequently without worry of dependance. ...Read more

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If I switch from lactulose to neomycin, will it start working right away?

Maybe in your case: Assuming you have confusion due to your liver disease called hepatic encephalopathy, some people don't respond to lactulose over time or might not like the taste or bloating associated with it, so other medications like antibiotics (neomycin, Flagyl and rifaximin) are used. Antibiotics take a couple days to work. Neomycin requires your hearing to be checked as it can cause hearing loss. ...Read more

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What do you think, could my ammonia levels rise if I stop taking lactulose?

What do you think, could my ammonia levels rise if I stop taking lactulose?

Ammonia Level: That depends what the cause of your elevated ammonia level is. If the cause is liver disease or failure, your ammonia levels will likely rise again when you stop the lactulose. If the reason for your high ammonia levels are not addressed, your levels will continue to rise after the lactulose is stopped. ...Read more

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I am on lactulose but still not been to poo for 10 days is this bad and what should I do?

Yes its bad: Its rare for lactulose not to be effective, if dosed properly. Regardless, 10 days without a bm needs to be evaluated by a medical doctor asap before dire consequences set in. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of lactulose solution for constipation?

What are the side effects of lactulose solution for constipation?

Side effects: Includes abdominal cramps, gas and pungent flatulence that are difficult to control in social situations. Excessive dose can cause explosive and uncontrollable diarrhea. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Chronulac (Definition)

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