Lactulose Solution is a stool-softening laxative which is available as a sweetened syrup. It is taken orally to treat constipation in adults.
Lactulose can relieve constipation symptoms and help your bowel movements return to normal. If you have previously tried a bulk-forming laxative, such as Fybogel, have not been effective.
What causes constipation?
Constipation can affect anyone at any time, though it is more likely to affect some individuals, including people with certain bowel diseases and pregnant women.
Other causes of constipation include:
- Lack of exercise
- Medicines (side effects)
- Mental health (stress, anxiety or depression)
- Not drinking enough
- Not eating enough fibre
- Refraining from going to the toilet
If you experience constipation regularly, it is best to speak to your doctor. They will be able to discuss the possible causes of your constipation, and offer appropriate treatments for relieving your constipation.
While constipation itself is usually mild, transient and disappears on its own, it can increase your risk of other health conditions including haemorrhoids (piles).
Lactulose works by drawing water from the body into the bowels, softening stools and making them easier to pass.
How long does lactulose take to work?
Lactulose starts to work after taking it for 2 to 3 days.
How long do I take lactulose for?
You should take lactulose solution for as long as you have constipation, or as long as your doctor recommends. It is usually taken for up to a week.
While there are no specific instructions on when to take lactulose, you should aim to take it at the same time each day.
You can take lactulose with or without food.
Lactulose is available in 500ml bottles from Prescription Doctor.
When taking lactulose syrup for constipation, you will need to measure the medicine out yourself using a measuring cup or medicine spoon. Using a kitchen spoon may cause you to take the wrong dosage.
The amount of lactulose you take depends on the severity of your constipation and how well you respond to treatment.
Lactulose comes with a measuring cup on the top of the bottle, so you can measure each dosage correctly.
The typical dose of lactulose for adults is 15ml twice a day.
In people with hepatic encephalopathy, your dose may be 30 to 50ml three times a day. Your doctor may adjust this dose depending on how you respond to treatment.
When taking lactulose, do not keep the medicine in your mouth. Lactulose syrup is high in sugar and can cause tooth decay. You should swallow the medicine immediately when taking it.
You can dilute lactulose oral solution with water or mix it with juice if the taste is too sweet. If you mix the medicine with juice, you should drink the solution immediately.