Treat the symptoms of constipation.
Suitable for Adults and children over 7 years
Suitable in Pregnancy
Lactulose takes at least 48 hours to work.
Lactulose solution 10 g/15 ml contains a laxative called lactulose. It makes the stool softer and easier to pass, by drawing water into the bowel. It is not absorbed into your body.
Lactulose is used to treat constipation. Lactulose is not metabolised or absorbed by the body, and the substance helps pull water into the colon, softening the stool. Lactulose also works by promoting peristalsis, pushing food through the digestive system.
Lactulose is indicated in adults and in children and adolescents aged 7 to 18 years.
For children below 7 years, other dosage forms are available.
Lactulose solution is used to treat the symptoms of constipation.
This product is recommended for:
You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse after 3 days.
Normal and regular bowel movement is important for most people. However, what is “normal and regular” varies from person to person. Some may have a bowel movement every day, others less often. Whatever it is like for you, it is best that your bowel movement has a regular pattern.
The cause of constipation is often not known. It can be associated with:
Being constipated can mean you’re not feeling quite like yourself, it can have a number of symptoms from stomach ache, feeling bloated, feeling sick or even losing your appetite.
Whatever the cause, constipation can be uncomfortable. It may make you feel bloated and heavy or generally “off colour”. Sometimes it causes headaches.
It is recommended to use changes in diet and bulk-forming medicines to control constipation before using this medicine.
These healthy tips are recommended to try to prevent constipation happening:
Adding more fiber to your diet adds bulk and roughage to your system, which helps keep things moving.
Stay hydrated with water, herbal teas and clear soup, which helps food and waste pass through your gut.
Get your heart rate up 30 or more minutes a day not only keeps things moving but also helps decrease stress levels.
Some medications can stop up your system. If you feel that’s the case, speak to your physician.
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How To Use
For constipation in:
Like all medicines, lactulose may cause side effects in some people, but many people have no side effects or only minor ones.
A very common side effect, particularly at high doses, is diarrhoea. This happens in more than 1 in 10 people.
Other common side effects, which happen in more than 1 in 100 people, are:
These side effects are mild and usually go away after a couple of days. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if the side effects bother you or don’t go away.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The following side effects have been reported with Lactulose:
Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):
– Flatulence (wind), especially during the first few days of treatment. This usually disappears after a couple of days.
– When a higher dose than recommended is used, you may experience abdominal pain.
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
– Nausea (feeling sick)
– When a higher dose than recommended is used, you may experience diarrhoea (sometimes including electrolyte imbalance).
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting system:
What Lactulose contains
– The active substance is Lactulose (as lactulose liquid).
– One sachet (15 ml) of Lactulose oral solution contains 10 g lactulose.
– There are no other ingredients.
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