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Why is lactulose used for a patient who has azotemia?

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 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?

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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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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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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