What is Lactulose?
Lactulose is a nonabsorbable synthetic disaccharide composed of galactose and fructose linked by a lactase-resistant bond. Lactulose is not taken up in the small intestine but ferments in the colon to produce short-chain fatty acids, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen, lowering faecal pH. The sugar is undetectable in the stool of healthy volunteers given 20 g of lactulose medications daily. Some pass through the colon unchanged in higher doses.
Lactulose is a laxative that softens the stool and is available as a sweetened syrup. Adults take it orally to treat constipation, as it can help you regain control of your bowel movements and relieve constipation symptoms. But can you buy lactulose over the counter? Or do you need a prescription? Here we'll look at why it's necessary and what you'll need to get one.
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Can it be purchased over the counter?
Lactulose is classed as a pharmacy medication, which means it can only be purchased from a pharmacy. This can be either in-store or online but under a pharmacist's supervision. This is different from prescription-only medicines (POM), requiring a physical prescription to obtain a specific medication. Since Lactulose is a pharmacy medicine, it may not be displayed openly on shelves. The pharmacist may also ask you questions before your purchase, including if you know how to use the medication, if you've used it before and your health status. They may inquire into your cause for buying the product to determine if you should seek advice from a doctor.
Why Is Lactulose Necessary?
A lactulose solution can be a treatment if you have constipation. Constipation is a common concern that can be caused by dehydration, lack of fibre in your diet, specific medication use. It may be more common for people who already have bowel diseases.
While constipation can be fixed, if you are having it regularly, there may be an underlying concern. Speak with your doctor if this is the case.
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How Does Lactulose Work To Treat Constipation?
Lactulose works to increase the water concentration in your bowels. This product will typically begin to work after 2 to 3 days of use.
What Will You Need To Buy Lactulose Solution?
Find Llactulose at a local or online pharmacy. If you are unsure about this medication, consult your doctor.
To learn more about lactulose, read the patient information leaflet.
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