Lactulose – Oral

Why do I need this medicine?

Lactulose is used to treat constipation.

Lactulose belongs to a group of medicines called osmotic laxatives. These laxatives work by increasing water in the bowel, which makes the stools softer so they move out of the body more easily.

Lactulose, in larger doses, is also used to improve mental function in hepatic encephalopathy (brain impairment associated with liver disease).

How do I take this medicine?

Take Lactulose exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Lactulose may be taken with or without food. You may take Lactulose with food to reduce stomach discomfort.

If you are taking the powder form, dissolve the contents of the sachet in water.

Lactulose may be mixed with fruit juice, water or milk to improve taste.

You may need to take Lactulose for 2 to 3 days for it to start working.

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