Lactulose

A semi synthetic disaccharide that is not absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract.

Indication:
Treatment of constipation

Formulation:
Syrup

Dose:
1ml/kg BD (max 45ml BD) titrate to effect

Counselling:
Syrup can be taken with water or other drinks

Contra-Indications:
Galactosaemia where there is evidence of gastrointestinal obstruction.

Side effects:
Flatulence may occur but this disappears within a couple of days and diarrhoea may occur when using higher doses.

Notes:
May take up to 48 hours to work.

Licensing status:
Licensed for all ages.

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