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Lactulose Syrup

Lactulose helps with hard stools (constipation). The active substance lactulose is converted in the intestines into lactic acid and acetic acid. These natural acids draw water into the intestines and stimulate the intestinal wall, making stools bulkier and softer, and thus digestion is stimulated. Lactulose is not addictive and can also be used by infants, children, pregnant women and lactating women. You can order lactulose syrup online through the chemists who work with Dokteronline.com. A prescription is not required.

What is Lactulose syrup?

Lactulose helps with hard stools (constipation). The active substance lactulose is converted in the intestines into lactic acid and acetic acid. These natural acids draw water into the intestines and stimulate the intestinal wall, making stools bulkier and softer, and thus digestion is stimulated. Lactulose is not addictive and can also be used by infants, children, pregnant women and lactating women. You can order lactulose syrup online through the chemists who work with Dokteronline.com. A prescription is not required.

What is this product used for?

Lactulose syrup is used to treat constipation, which can be identified by the following symptoms:

  • Difficult and/or painful bowel movements requiring you to squeeze hard. Sometimes haemorrhoids will appear;
  • Hard faeces;
  • Abdominal pain or distension.

A difficult bowel movement is often caused by several factors, such as not drinking sufficient liquids, a diet with too little fibre, and a lack of exercise. Sometimes certain medications can also cause illness or physical blockage. Lactulose syrup helps to normalize bowel movements, regardless of the cause of the blockage.

How to use and dose Lactulose syrup?

The partner chemists offer Lactulose syrup online. The general guidelines for the initial dosage are as follows:

  • Adults and children aged 15 years and above: 30 ml of Lactulose syrup per day;
  • Children aged 7 to 14 years: 15 ml of Lactulose syrup a day;
  • Children aged 1 to 6 years: 10 ml of Lactulose syrup a day;
  • Infants: 5 ml of Lactulose syrup a day.

Ideally, you should take Lactulose syrup at breakfast. Dispense it with the measuring cup supplied. Take the Lactulose syrup as is or dilute it with some water or juice. Try to drink a lot of fluids (at least 1.5 to 2 litres per day) when using Lactulose syrup, as this promotes the action of the active substance. It may take some time for Lactulose syrup to have the desired effect. If you notice no improvement after a few days, consult a doctor or a pharmacist. When the stool is soft enough, you can stop using Lactulose syrup or decrease the dosage to a maintenance dose. Do not use Lactulose syrup for a continued period of time without a doctor’s advice and read the instructions before use.

Side effects

You may experience side effects whilst taking Lactulose syrup, usually gastrointestinal complaints such as abdominal pain, bloating, nausea and flatulence. These tend to disappear after some time. If you take too high a dosage, that can also cause diarrhoea. In this case, take less Lactulose syrup. The leaflet contains more information about side effects. If you suffer from severe side effects, consult a doctor.

When should you not use this product?

Lactulose syrup is not suitable for people who are hypersensitive to any component of the syrup (see leaflet), and should not be used if you suffer from acute abdominal pain, intestinal obstruction or galactosemia.

This laxative contains certain sugars, so you should discuss this with a doctor if you have an intolerance to sugars.

Only give this product to children and infants in consultation with a physician.

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