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Are there any non surgical treatments lactulose overdose?

Are there any non surgical treatments lactulose overdose?

None: Lactulose is a sugar which is not absorbed (stays in the gut). If you take too much, you will have the side effects of increased diarrhea, gas and bloating. Rarely, lactulose can cause severe bloating (usually in hospitalized patients). In severe cases, it can lead to bowel distension, decreased oxygen supply to the bowel wall, and sometimes even perforation. Then surgery may be needed. ...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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My grandmother 80 yrs. Suffers from severe constipation for the past 6 days. We giving her lactulose solution but no effect. Suggest some medicine?

See a doctor: For constipation that bad she may need to be seen. Lactulose is pretty powerful...If she is still constipated with that she may have an ileus (stopped bowels). Especially if her belly is poking out or she is having pain, she should be seen soon. ...Read more

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My grandmother 80 yrs. Suffers from severe constipation for the past 6 days. We giving her lactulose solution but no effect. Suggest some medicine?

My grandmother 80 yrs. Suffers from severe constipation for the past 6 days. We giving her lactulose solution but no effect. Suggest some medicine?

Probably be seen: For constipation that bad she may need to be seen. Lactulose is pretty powerful...If she is still constipated with that she may have an ileus (stopped bowels). Especially if her belly is poking out or she is having pain, she should be seen soon. ...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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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?

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 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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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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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'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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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 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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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

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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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Can Lactulose taken chronically for constipation cause metabolic or electrolyte issues?

Can Lactulose taken chronically for constipation cause metabolic or electrolyte issues?

Yes it can: Yes it can any medicine specially laxatives and specially lactic oar could have a serious side effect if it has been abused. Discuss with your doctor alternative and s solution and a treatment for your constipation ...Read more

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Hi, Iam 30 wks pregnant and evidencing constipation... Is it ok to take lactulose daily? Thanks...

Should be fine: Now that you are 30 weeks should be no risk to fetus. Also lactulose is not absorbed so generally safe anyway. Would take as needed but if you need it almost daily there should not be any significant risk. Constipation and straining would be a greater risk so if the lactulose helps avoid this it is good to use. ...Read more

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Side effects from stool softener and lactulose?

Side effects from stool softener and lactulose?

Better BM's: It would seem you dr is trying to help make your bowel movements less hard. I agree with this approach. Add fiber from foods like whole grain cereals and fruits and veggies. ...Read more

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Does lactulose cause weight gain?

Does lactulose cause weight gain?

No: You do not absorb this sugar, therefore, no calories. ...Read more

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Side effects of lactulose breath test?

Lactulose: Other than possible mild diarrhea from the lactulose itself, not lasting more than 1 to 2 days, there are not usually any side effects from the lactulose breath test. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can lactulose help rid of extra calories?

Can lactulose help rid of extra calories?

Lactulose/wt.: Through its effects on regulating the intestinal tract, it can have influence in managing weight issues & obesity. ...Read more

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Can I take lactulose while on atkins diet?

Can I take lactulose while on atkins diet?

Yes: Atkins diet is low in fiber and lactulose should help you go to the bathroom since it is a non absorbed sugar. ...Read more

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