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Lactulose oral
LACTULOSE - ORAL, RECTAL

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

LACTULOSE - ORAL, RECTAL

(LACK-tew-lohss)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Catulac, Cephulac, Cholac, Enulose, Heptalac

Uses

This medication is used to treat and prevent complications of liver disease.

OTHER

Uses

This drug may also be used for treating constipation (oral use).

How To Use

This medication may be taken by mouth, or may be given rectally. To improve the taste, the oral dose may be mixed in a glass of fruit juice, water or milk. Take this medication as prescribed.

Side Effects

This medication may cause gas, belching or stomach cramps. If these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: diarrhea, nausea, vomiting. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

This medication must be used cautiously in children and the elderly. If diarrhea results, notify your doctor. A dosage adjustment may be necessary. Do not take any laxative medications while taking this drug as the additional laxative effect may increase risk of developing diarrhea which in turn may lead to dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration include muscle weakness, muscle cramps and dizziness. This medication contains galactose and lactose. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have diabetes. This medication must be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication appears in breast milk. Consult with your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: antibiotics (e.g., neomycin), antacids. Do not use laxatives while taking this drug. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include stomach cramps and diarrhea.

Notes

Do not share this product with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered; do not use if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Avoid freezing.