Lactulose

How It Works:

Looz enema works by drawing water into the intestine through osmosis, that makes the stools soft and easier to pass.

Side Effects:

Electrolyte imbalance, Drug dependence, Dehydration

Used For:

Looz enema is used in constipation

Instructions:

  • Avoid taking a Lactulose for more than 1 week, unless prescribed by the doctor, as it leads to dependency on the laxative action to produce a bowel movement. 
  • Together with Lactulose, fiber rich diet containing whole grain bread and cereals, bran, fruits and green leafy vegetables, is essential to maintain healthy bowel function.
  • A Lactulose should preferably be taken at bedtime because it requires 6 to 8 hours to show impact.
  • Notify your doctor if you are on a low-sugar diet because the Lactulose contains sugars.
  • Take Lactulose after 2 hours from other medicines, as it may interfere with the absorption of other medicines.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is lactulose a stool softener, stimulant laxative?
Lactulose is stool softener, Lactulose is not a stimulant laxative it is a hyperosmotic laxative

Q. Can I take lactulose for constipation?
It can be taken for constipation

Q. Is lactulose safe for diabetics?
In diabetic patients lactulose may increase the blood sugar, make you feel confused, drowsy, or thirsty. Always consult your doctor before use

Q. Does lactulose increase blood sugar?
In diabetic patients lactulose may increase the blood sugar, make you feel confused, drowsy, or thirsty. Always consult your doctor before use

Q. Does lactulose contain sugar?
Lactulose is a non-digestible sugar

Q. Is lactulose over the counter?
Lactulose is available over the counter

Q. Is lactulose fattening (makes you fat), cause wind (gas), cause weight loss and bloating?
Lactulose does not cause weight gain or weight loss. Lactulose can cause bloating and wind (gas)

Q. Is lactulose gluten free?
Lactulose is gluten free. However, please refer to package insert of the prescribed brand before use

Q. How long can I take lactulose?
Please consult your doctor for dose and duration required

Q. Can I take lactulose with antibiotics, omeprazole, Senokot, Fybogel, warfarin, iron tablets, senna, paracetamol, Gaviscon?
Lactulose may interact with antibiotics, omeprazole, and Gaviscon/calcium carbonate. Senokot/senna, Fybogel/ispaghula when taken with lactulose may result in diarrhea. No interactions have been observed when lactulose is taken with warfarin, iron tablets, and paracetamol

Q. Does lactulose contain lactose?
Lactulose contains lactose, galactose, and small amounts of fructose. Do not take lactulose if you have intolerance to these sugars.
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