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8 month old, Constipated since 4 months after starting solids, Pead gave Duphalac, but still has a lot of pain. Hardly sleeps. What should we do?
My 3 year old son is constipated and has been taking lactulose liquid for a week. What should we do?
Hard to say: Even at 3, a kid could have a stool retention problem that requires a year of therapy and specialized help with a pediatric gastroenterologist. He could also have a brief issue that clears in a week. Without the benefit of a full history, exam & some tests, a realistic answer cannot be given. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Took lactulose for prolonged constipation but can't get the dose right. 15ml a day was too little. 20 ml per day resulted in diarrea. What to do?
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 Rx remedies. ...Read more
My grandmother 80 yrs. Suffers from severe constipation for the past 6 days . We giving her lactulose solution but no effect. Suggest some medicine?
Is there a risk of low ammonia blood levels in a healthy person due to taking high doses of Lactulose daily for constipation?
No: No risk of low ammonia.Get a more detailed answer ›
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Doc wants me to take Miralax 2-4 x daily with Lactulose 2- 4 x daily. Is this safe long term? I have severe constipation.
Possibly: This is generally a short term treatment protocol, but can be used safely for an extended period if monitored correctly ...Read more
I take KRISTALOSE/Lactulose daily. Can this cause lactic or metabolic acidosis? Are there any recommendations for monitoring?
No, It is inert: Kristalose, a brand of lactulose, is an indigestible disaccharide for treating constipation. It arrives intact in the large bowel. Bacteria break it down to lactic and formic acid increasing osmotic pressure, drawing in water, softening stool in one to two days due to transit time to the colon. Antacids may inhibit it's effect. In the elderly, it may disrupt electrolyte balance in six months. ...Read more
I take two17 gram doses of Miralax with 30ML of Lactulose daily for severe constipation due to slow colon transit. Is this safe longterm??
How long term you do have in mind? You may wish to increase your intake of fiber foods to help move your bowels. Exercise will help too,
Consult this site for fiber foods.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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What would be safer & more effective for treatment of chronic constipation?
4 daily doses of Miralax or 2 daily doses of Miralax W/30ml of Lactulose?
Evaluation needed...: Before you contemplate long term 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
I have not had a bowel movent for 6 days. I have been taking doculax and lactulose.My doctor rexebtly prescribed Docusate syrup.Still nothing.
Is this a chronic : problem? Are you on medications that could be causing this? Do you have underlying medical problems? Are you eating and drinking well? Any bleeding? You may need a Fleet enema, but depending on the answers to those questions, there may be other possible treatments/solutions. It's best to discuss this further with your doctor who knows you. ...Read more
30ml of Lactulose and 2 doses (34grams) of Miralax daily for life. Is this safe? GI prescribed this since it's the only thing to help. CT normal.
It is ok: Yes it is ok as long as recommended by your Gastroenterologist ...Read more
Useful in liver fail: Lactulose like you have suggested, is commonly used for the treatment of chronic liver failure due to cirrhosis. In your case, liver cancer has complicated this matter by adding another complication. So the value of Lactulose will be limited and questionable. yet it is relatively harmless especially if you have problem with constipation. ...Read more