Lactulose is a type of sugar. It is broken down in the large intestine into mild acids that draw water into the colon, which helps soften the stools. Lactulose is used to treat chronic constipation. Lactulose is sometimes used to treat or prevent certain conditions of the brain that are caused by liver failure, which can lead to confusion, problems with memory or thinking, behavior changes, tremors, feeling irritable, sleep problems, loss of coordination, and loss of consciousness. Lactulose may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Kristalose, generic name lactulose, belongs to group of drugs known as Laxatives. Kristalose is used for treating constipation. Kristalose may also be used for other purposes as determined by a physician. Kristalose works by drawing water into the colon, this then increases the pressure in the colon to stimulate bowel movements. Patients who are allergic to any ingredient found in Kristalose should avoid using it.