Lactitol

Description

Lactitol is used to treat constipation. It is also used to prevent the loss of brain function due to liver damage by removing certain toxic chemicals from the blood.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Lactitol

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Indigestion
  • Anal itching
  • Intestinal gas

Uses of Lactitol

What is it prescribed for?

  • Constipation
  • Hepatic encephalopathy
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time taken by this medicine to show its effect is subject to vary based on the strength of the dose, stomach food content, and the individual constitution.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains effective is subject to vary based on the strength of the dose and the individual constitution.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to lactitol or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Galactosemia

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a genetic condition where the body is not able to break down sugar galactose properly, due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.

Gastrointestinal obstruction or perforation

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from a gastrointestinal obstruction or perforation due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking this medicine.
General warnings

Electrolyte imbalance

Use of this medicine can cause an imbalance in the levels of potassium, magnesium, and other electrolytes in the body. It should be used with caution in children and patients suffering from any electrolyte imbalances. Appropriate corrective measures, dose adjustment or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Diabetes

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with diabetes due to the sugar content present in it. Clinical monitoring of the blood glucose levels, appropriate dose adjustment or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Missed Dose

This medicine is generally used as needed. If you are on a scheduled dosing regimen of this medicine, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Thiazide diuretics

Broad-spectrum antibiotics

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this medicine exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than prescribed/advised. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe adverse effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

To be taken with food

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by increasing the amount of water in the stool, which makes the stool soft and promotes bowel movements. It also draws ammonia from the blood into the colon which is then removed with feces.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Unknown

Classification

Category

Laxatives

Schedule

Schedule H

LACSYP Syrup [Internet]. CiplaMed. 2018 [cited 21 September 2018]. Available from:

https://ciplamed.com/content/lacsyp-syrup

Lactitol - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 21 September 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB12942

Zuventus Healthcare [Internet]. Zuventus.co.in. 2018 [cited 21 September 2018]. Available from:

http://www.zuventus.co.in/patient_wise_products_selected.aspx?Medi_Id=38

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Information on this page was last updated on 10 Jun 2019

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