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Lactulose - Overview

Lactulose is a medication sometimes prescribed to people for constipation. People who might need a lactulose medication prescription should use Push Health to connect with a local medical provider who can prescribe lactulose when appropriate to do so.

What Is Lactulose Used For?

Lactulose, marketed under brand names such as Constulose and Enulose, is sometimes prescribed to people suffering from constipation. Lactulose, also known as 1,4 beta galactoside-fructose, belongs to a class of medications known as synthetic sugars. When ingested, lactulose is not absorbed in the early parts of the gut but rather it is broken down in the intestines, particularly the colon. After being metabolized by colonic bacteria, lactulose helps pull water into the colon from the body. The increased water content in the colon results in softer stools, thereby improving constipation symptoms in many people. Lactulose is sometimes prescribed to people with high ammonia levels as well.

Lactulose - Dose and Cost

Lactulose is sometimes prescribed to adults as lactulose 15 mL orally once per day. The lactulose dosage prescribed does depend on the health characteristics of the patient and the judgement of the prescribing medical provider. Following oral administration, lactulose tends to work relatively quickly and has an elimination half-life of under two hours in many people. Given how it works, lactulose is excreted in the feces. Branded and generic lactulose is affordable, costing under $15 per lactulose 10 g / 15 mL of oral solution at many pharmacies in the United States. Lactulose coupons are sometimes available online or through the manufacturer. Additionally, some insurance plans may cover costs associated with lactulose when covered under the plan.

Can I Buy Lactulose Online?

Lactulose is a prescription medication meaning that one cannot just buy lactulose online as the first step is consulting a medical provider. Because of this, lactulose OTC is not available, either. People who might need a lactulose medication prescription can use Push Health to connect with a local medical provider who can prescribe lactulose medication, including lactulose syrup and lactulose solution, when appropriate to do so.

Lactulose - Side Effects

Lactulose can cause side effects when used. Side effects that may occur from lactulose use include flatulence, belching, abdominal cramping, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Lactulose can also lead to dehydration and electrolyte abnormalities such as low potassium or high sodium levels - largely due to fluid imbalances following lactulose solution use. Lactulose and alcohol should not be used together. People with a known hypersensitivity to lactulose or similar drugs should not take the medication. Before using lactulose, it is important to discuss side effects and other concerns with a qualified medical professional.

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Last updated May 4, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.