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Doctor insights on: Lactulose And Lactose Intolerance

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Lactose (Definition)

Found in milk. Lactose is a large sugar molecule that is made up of two smaller sugar molecules, glucose and galactose. In order for lactose to be absorbed from the intestine and into the body, it must first be split into glucose and galactose. The glucose and galactose are then absorbed by the cells lining the small intestine. The enzyme that splits lactose into glucose ...Read more


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The doctor prescribed me lactulose for constipation. She might have forgotten that I mentioned I was lactose intolerant. Should I still use lactulose?

The doctor prescribed me lactulose for constipation. She might have forgotten that I mentioned I was lactose intolerant. Should I still use lactulose?

Possibly: Lactulose is lactose based. Some people who have mild lactose intolerance do not have problems with lactulose. Others get bloating. If it is important for you to have the lactulose, a lactase senzyme supplement may make it more tolerable. Call your doctor and ask. ...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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Is lactose intolerance painful?

Is lactose intolerance painful?

It can be: Depending on the severity of your lactose intolerance and how much dairy products you consume without lactaid support, you may have periods of abdominal discomfort/ pain. ...Read more

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Lactose intolerance, what to do?

Lactose intolerance, what to do?

Avoid dairy / get rx: Avoid dairy products that cause symptoms can consume lactose free dairy or use otc meds 2 help, if doesn't work c ur doctor or gastroenterologist, good luck. ...Read more

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Could I become lactose intolerance?

Could I become lactose intolerance?

Yes: Some people are born without or lose ability to make the enzyme needed to digest lactose, so they will always have intolerance. Some people lose this transiently during an illness like bad diarrhea. It returns with healing. It can happen again if the conditions return. ...Read more

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I have unexpected lactose intolerance?

I have unexpected lactose intolerance?

See details: What is the question? Lactose intolerance does not appear out of no where at age 46. ...Read more

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How to know if I am lactose intolerance?

Dairy Products: The principal symptom of lactose intolerance is an adverse reaction to products containing lactose (primarily milk), including abdominal bloating and cramps, flatulence, diarrhea, nausea, borborygmi (rumbling stomach) and vomiting. These appear thirty minutes to two hours after consumption. Lactaid can help with this if you do have it. Some people develop it after a course of antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are symptoms to lactose intolerance?

What are symptoms to lactose intolerance?

Gas, bloating cramps: Gas, bloating and cramps are most common. Diarrhea is much less common. ...Read more

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Might someone have lactose intolerance again?

Lactose intolerance: Generally speaking, once you have it, it does not go away. Use lactaid tablets when you ingest dairy products. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms for lactose intolerance?

What are the symptoms for lactose intolerance?

GI symptoms: Common symptoms of lactose intolerance from a deficiency of lactase are:
bloating
stomach pain or cramps
gurgling or rumbling sounds in your belly
gassines
loose stools or diarrhea
throwing up
they are not dangerous, but they sure are uncomfortable! ...Read more

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What are typical signs of lactose intolerance?

Abdominal Pain: Lactose intolerance causes abdominal pain and cramping, gas, nausea and/ or diarrhea. ...Read more

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What are signs of lactose intolerance in an adult?

Lactose intol. & age: Lactose intolerance is due to not have a sufficient amount of the enzyme lactase to digest the complex sugar in milk, lactose to simple sugars than can be absorbed by the intestines. That deficiency can be congenital or acquired especially following a severe gastroenteritis. The symptoms are often bloating, abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, and/or nausea and are unrelated to age. ...Read more

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How to know if I have developed lactose intolerance?

Simple vs Docs offic: If you drink a lot of milk or eat a bunch of ice cream and develop cramps, gas and have runny poop, you are likely lactose intolerant. You can also order a breath hydrogen test through your doctors office or online to confirm the problem. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of lactose intolerance in adults?

Abdominal cramps: Lactose intolerance causes abdominal pain and cramping, nausea, gas, and/ or diarrhea. ...Read more

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How likely is it that I am developing lactose intolerance?

Yes: Lactose intolerance can develop in adulthood. It can be primary loss of lactase enzyme activity which is genetically programmed. It can also be secondary, due to injury of the small intestine by another disease such as celiac disease. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms, and reasons for lactose intolerance?

Lactose isn't absore: Fermentation of lactose in the small inestine from failure to absorb lactose. The enzyme is present in adequate amounts in all children who are breast fed, and when age appropriate given regular milk. Blacks are suceptible to this at an earlier age, and caucasions, who go for long periods without injecting milk or other lactose containing products. Gas, bloating, cramps, and diarrhea can occur! ...Read more

Dr. Bhavin Patel
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Milk Intolerance (Definition)

Milk intolerance is digestive problems (bloating, gas, diarrhea) due to one or more components of milk. Lactose (sugar found in milk) intolerance is an example of milk intolerance. Milk intolerance can also be due to problems with fat and ...Read more


Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Lactulose (Definition)

Lactulose is a laxative which is a ...Read more