Preventing and treating portal-systemic encephalopathy. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Lactulose Solution is a colonic acidifier. It works by reducing blood ammonia levels, which reduces the degree of encephalopathy.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Lactulose Solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lactulose Solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Lactulose Solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Lactulose Solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Lactulose Solution.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Belching; gas; stomach cramps.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); diarrhea; high blood sugar (excessive thirst or urination, confusion, flushing, rapid breathing, or "fruity" breath odor).
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; stomach cramps.Proper storage of Lactulose Solution:
Store Lactulose Solution at room temperature between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep tightly closed. A normal darkening of solution may occur under normal storage conditions. This will not affect the product. Exposure to temperatures above 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) will cause extreme darkening of the solution. Do not use the medicine if this occurs. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lactulose Solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Lactulose Solution. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.