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.
Lactulose is a drug primarily used in the treatment of constipation. As a laxative, Lactulose works by drawing water into the stools, thereby loosening them and making them easier to pass through the intestines. However, the function of Lactulose also extends to patients at risk of hyperammonemia. This is a condition where the body has elevated levels of ammonia, which may lead to hepatic encephalopathy. Lactulose works at the level of the intestine where it prevents the absorption of ammonia by de-coupling it through a chemical reaction. One of the major benefits of Lactulose is its tolerable side-effect profile coupled with the fact that there are no major drug interactions.
Lactulose is a medication usually in a solution formula that is used for the treatment of constipation. This drug is classified under a group of medications known as laxatives.
As a colonic acidifier, Lactulose works in the colon by drawing water from other parts to the colon. In effect, this process softens the stool inside the patient's colon, thus helping in the production of the required bowel movement.
Patients who are allergic to the main ingredients contained in Lactulose solution or who are on a low galactose diet are advised not to take this medication for this may result in severe side effects.