Lactulose 3.3g/5mL oral solution 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.
Adults and adolescents:
The starting dose is 15-45mL or 1-3 sachets per day. After this the dose can be adjusted to 15-30mL or 1-2 sachets daily.
Children 7 to 14 years:
The starting dose is 15mL or 1 sachet daily. After this the dose can be adjusted to 10-15mL or 1 sachet daily.
Children 1-6 years:
The usual dose is 5-10mL daily.
Infants under 1 year:
The usual dose is up to 5mL daily.
Use in Children:
Use of laxatives in children, infants, and babies should be exceptional and under medical supervision because it can influence the normal reflexes for passing stools. Please do not give Lactulose to children (under 14 years) before consulting your doctor for prescription and careful supervision.
Warnings and precautions:
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Lactulose if you suffer from any medical conditions or illnesses, in particular:
- if you suffer from unexplained tummy ache
- if you are unable to digest milk sugar (lactose intolerant)
- if you have diabetes
You should not take Lactulose if you suffer from:
- galactose or fructose intolerance
- total lactase deficiency
- glucose-galactose malabsorption
If you have diabetes and are treated for hepatic encephalopathy, your dose of Lactulose will be higher. This high dose contains a large amount of sugar. Therefore, your doctor may recommend that
you need to adjust the dose of your anti-diabetic medicine.
Chronic use of unadjusted dosages (exceeding 2-3 soft stools per day) or misuse can lead to diarrhoea and disturbance of the electrolytes balance.
During the treatment with laxatives you should drink sufficient amounts of fluids (approx. 2 litres/day, equal to 6-8 glasses).
If you take Lactulose for several days and there is no improvement in your condition or if your symptoms worsen, please contact your doctor.
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