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Lactase (Overview)

Lactase is a digestive enzyme produced by the GI tract. It is needed to digest milk. Some loose the ability to produce lactase when he grow up. This is called lactose intolerance.


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What happens if lactase is taken by a lactose-intolerant person?

What happens if lactase is taken by a lactose-intolerant person?

It helps.: Lactase is the enzyme needed to digest lactose, it is available over the counter and can help when taken with dairy products. For guidance on its appropriate use you should check with your doctor. ...Read more

Lactase (Overview)

Lactase is a digestive enzyme produced by the GI tract. It is needed to digest milk. Some loose the ability to produce lactase when he grow up. This is called lactose intolerance.


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Is lactose free milk (with lactase enzyme) safe to drink in pregnancy?

Is lactose free milk (with lactase enzyme) safe to drink in pregnancy?

YesButWhyLactoseFree: No clear safety issue: lactose, a sugar (-ose means sugar), the principal sugar in mammalian milk, including human, & derived products. Food processing for extra cost is a big industry, but that does not mean necessary/safer/healthy. Some do not make as much lactase, a digestive enzyme for lactose, as adults; more common in people of asian heritage. However many other reasons some don’t like milk. ...Read more

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I'm 26y old. I want to build up my body. If it is suitable to use Super Mass Gainer 14lbs by USA. What are the side effects of its.

I'm 26y old. I want to build up my body. If it is suitable to use Super Mass Gainer 14lbs by USA. What are the side effects of its.

Should be OK: That product has 1300 calories with 50 gm protein and vitamins. If you are not diabetic and have no intestinal diseases, there should be no problems with its use. If you have abdominal cramps or diarrhea when taking it, you should see your physician to find out if you have an intestinal problem (like lactase or gluten intolerance) ...Read more

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My 2 years toddler is lactose intolerant can I mix Lactase chewable tablets in milk for her? We are going in the country where no lactose free milk

A 2-year old should: Be able to chew LACTAID® Fast Act Caplets or Fast Act Chewable Vanilla Twist Flavour Tablets immediately prior to ingesting milk or milk products. Ask your pediatrician about dosage. You can't count on the tablets to dissolve completely or be evenly distributed in cold milk. 16-21 oz./day of milk & milk products is recommended for her age.

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I am lactose intolerance (but depends on how much I consume). Would lactase pills be effective after symptoms show?

I am lactose intolerance (but depends on how much I consume). Would lactase pills be effective after symptoms show?

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. ...Read more

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I tried lactase enzymes three times. Each time I threw up (after many years of never throwing up). Is this an allergy to lactase of some sort?

I tried lactase enzymes three times. Each time I threw up (after many years of never throwing up). Is this an allergy to lactase of some sort?

Maybe, maybe not: A primary care doctor and an allergist can evaluate to see if there are signs of an allergy to something in the lactase. A patient with such symptoms should bring the lactase to the doctor, or if it has been thrown away, at least bring the name of each brand of lactase tried. ...Read more

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What is a normal amount of lactase you can take?

What is a normal amount of lactase you can take?

Depends: The usual dose of lactase you need depends on why you’re taking it. The recommended maximum is 18, 000 units per dose up to 3 times per day. Most products have 3, 000 to 9, 000 units per tablet, so you’ll need to know how much the product you’re taking contains. If you need help figuring out the dose, do not hesitate to speak to a pharmacist or physician. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lactase?

What is the definition or description of: lactase?

Milk digestion: Lactase is a digestive enzyme produced by the GI tract. It is needed to digest milk. Some loose the ability to produce lactase when he grow up. This is called lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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Do all people after the age of twenty stop producing lactase?

No: Some people are lactose intolerant, others have no problems at all. Lactase is the enzyme that breaks down the lactose typically found in dairy products. ...Read more

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Please describe the most effective lactase tablet/product available?

Lactaid: Lactaid is the most commonly recommended digestive aid for lactose intolerance. Good luck! ...Read more

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My lactase dehydrogenase result is a 487, is that high?

LDH: Is LDH of 497 hi? Ask you lab for normal values as there is not international reference standard for this test and different Labs will have different normal values. So never ask us about a lab test without giving us the normal values 4 any test. ...Read more

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What happens if lactase is taken by a lactose-intolerant person?

It helps.: Lactase is the enzyme needed to digest lactose, it is available over the counter and can help when taken with dairy products. For guidance on its appropriate use you should check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can I take lactase enzymes with prosac?

YES: There should be no interactions between lactase tablets and prozac (fluoxetine). They can be safely taken in the same day. ...Read more

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Is there any advantage to taking lactase pills, even if you're not sure you're lactose intolerant yet?

Is there any advantage to taking lactase pills, even if you're not sure you're lactose intolerant yet?

Could be: If they make you feel better than I would use them regardless of what testing shows. ...Read more

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What occurs if I put lactase pills in soy milk?

Nothing: Soy milk does not contain lactose which is what your are breaking down with the lactase pills. Don't waste your money. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Lactase allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Lactase allergy?

Lactase deficiency: If you have lactose intolerance, you GI tract cannot break down the lactose which then gets to the lower bowel and be fermented by the normal bacterial residents in the gut leading to gas, discomfort, and even diarrhea. This is not an allergy. Taking lactase with dairy may resolve it. I have not seen or read about a case of lactase allergy. ...Read more

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What is the difference between lactose enzyme and lactase in milk?

Nothing: Lactase is the common name for the lactose enzyme. Lactase is sometimes added to commercial mild preparations so lactase deficient (lactose intolerant) people can enjoy the product without the gas and cramping they would otherwise experience. ...Read more

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Does low-lactose milk with added lactase have more or less sugar than regular milk?

Does low-lactose milk with added lactase have more or less sugar than regular milk?

Unlikely: Lactase added to milk only breaks down lactose into its components glucose and galactose. The sugar is still there but pre-digested in a sense. ...Read more

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Will supplementing lactase help me to digest casein? Or is there an OTC enzyme to help digest casein?

Will supplementing lactase help me to digest casein? Or is there an OTC enzyme to help digest casein?

No: Supplementing lactase helps you digest lactose, the sugar that is in milk and dairy. Casein is the protein that is in milk and dairy, and has no connection with the lactase enzyme for digesting it. Different enzyme systems digest your proteins, fats and carbohydrates (sugars). ...Read more

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I am lactose intolerance (but depends on how much I consume). Would lactase pills be effective after symptoms show?

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. ...Read more

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Any treatment or tip for lactase deficiency?

Lactose- free diet: Lactose free diet and lactaid when eating lactose containing foods. ...Read more

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My 2 years toddler is lactose intolerant can I mix Lactase chewable tablets in milk for her? We are going in the country where no lactose free milk

A 2-year old should: Be able to chew LACTAID® Fast Act Caplets or Fast Act Chewable Vanilla Twist Flavour Tablets immediately prior to ingesting milk or milk products. Ask your pediatrician about dosage. You can't count on the tablets to dissolve completely or be evenly distributed in cold milk. 16-21 oz./day of milk & milk products is recommended for her age.

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What could happen if someone without a lactose intolerance took a lactase enzyme pill?

Waste of med: This would just be another source of protein/debris with no positive or negative effects beyond what would be from ingesting a bit of food. ...Read more

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Production of milk in the breasts leading to a decline of the production of lactase. Does human milk contain lactose?

Production of milk in the breasts leading to a decline of the production of lactase. Does human milk contain lactose?

See below: Human milk does contain lactose. However, production of breast milk does not decrease lactase (digesting enzyme) production. ...Read more

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I am lactose intolerance sometimes, depends on the amount I drink milk. Would lactase pills still effective after symptoms show?

Possibly: They may help, but certainly will not help completely as the "damage has been done so to speak". But it may help a bit. The lactase would certainly be more helpful if you took it before eating. ...Read more

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Does lactase deficiency lead to vomiting?

Yes, it may: If you continue to have vomiting on lactose free diet see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is lactose free milk (with lactase enzyme) safe to drink in pregnancy?

YesButWhyLactoseFree: No clear safety issue: lactose, a sugar (-ose means sugar), the principal sugar in mammalian milk, including human, & derived products. Food processing for extra cost is a big industry, but that does not mean necessary/safer/healthy. Some do not make as much lactase, a digestive enzyme for lactose, as adults; more common in people of asian heritage. However many other reasons some don’t like milk. ...Read more