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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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Lactulose (Definition)

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What is lactulose, and why is it given to liver patients?

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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Constipated; enema barely worked saw GI; given lactulose; only went 3x in 1mth. colonoscopy;Dr said I have lazy colon &to take miralax QDother ideas?

Constipated; enema barely worked saw  GI; given lactulose; only went 3x in 1mth. colonoscopy;Dr said I have lazy colon &to take miralax QDother ideas?

Constipation: Eating fruits and vegetables usually help maintain a healthy bowel function and can reduce constipation. A trial of one of the laxative types could be reasonable: methylcellulose and ispaghula husks. Different brand names may exist in different countries. ...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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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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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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