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Lactulose Solution

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Lactulose Solution (500ml)

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Lactulose Solution For Constipation

Lactulose Solution is a natural laxative that helps to gently regulate bowel movements, easing stomach pain and bloating caused by long-term or recurrent constipation. 

If you are suffering from constipation, buy Lactulose online today from The Independent Pharmacy by answering a few quick health questions.

Lactulose Information

  • Age: From Birth

    Maximum per order: 3

  • Pregnancy: Suitable

    Breastfeeding: Suitable

What is Lactulose?

Lactulose solution is a type of laxative known as osmotic, which helps to ease constipation by stimulating bowel movements and by drawing water into hard, dry stools making them softer and easier to pass.

Lactulose Solution is made up of sugars and comes pre-prepared as a very sweet syrup which can be diluted with water if needed. It is not absorbed by the body, working solely in the gut. 

This product is suitable for children and adults over the age of 14 years to treat long-term or recurring episodes of constipation. It can also be used in children, infants and babies under the age of 14 years under advice from a doctor.

 

Lactulose for constipation

This product can be bought from The Independent Pharmacy to help soften hard stools and stimulate sluggish bowels to help ease and treat constipation. 

Constipation is a relatively common condition and can affect people of all ages. It can be caused by several different factors such as medications, lack of exercise, change in diet or illness. Taking Lactulose alongside eating high fibre foods, drinking plenty of fluid and getting regular exercise can all help get your bowels moving, easing discomfort.

 

How does Lactulose work?

Like other osmotic laxatives, Lactulose draws water from other parts of the body into the gut, which is absorbed by hard, dry stools. This process makes the stool larger and softer making it easier and less painful to pass. 

Because Lactulose draws water from the body, it is important while using this medicine that you continue to drink plenty of fluids to avoid becoming dehydrated. 

 

How long does lactulose take to work?

Most people will see a noticeable improvement in their bowel movements, feeling more comfortable and less bloated within 2-3 days of using Lactulose. Some people, however, will start to feel the effects of this product within 8-12 hours.

 

Lactulose not working?

If you have been using Lactulose for 2-3 days alongside lifestyle changes such as eating high fibre food, drinking plenty of non-alcoholic fluid, at least 6-8 glasses a day, and exercising and have not seen any improvements to your constipation you should speak to a doctor for advice. 

Lactulose is just one type of laxative and you may find that you get on better with a product that works in a slightly different way. For more information why not take a look at our Constipation treatments & advice page. 

 

Taking Lactulose at night

Lactulose usually takes 2-3 days to take noticeable effect at relieving constipation so it does not need to be taken at bedtime. 

Another form of laxative known as a stimulant laxative is recommended to take at night because they work much more quickly, often producing results by the next morning or within 24 hours of taking them. 

 

Lactulose for babies and children 

Lactulose is not absorbed by the body so can be taken by babies and children under 14 years old but only under direction from a doctor. Taking laxatives under the age of 14 years should be done so with caution as this can result in children developing difficulties forming the reflexes to pass stool independently if used regularly.

 

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*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Lactulose dose

Lactulose Solution is for oral use only and should only be taken by children and adults over the age of 14 years unless advised to do so by a doctor. 

Adults and children over 14 years old: The starting dose is 15-45ml once a day. Once the desired effect is achieved the dose can be adjusted to 15-30ml once per day. 

Children between 7 - 14 years old: The starting dose is 15 ml once a day. Once the desired effect has been achieved the dose can be adjusted to 10-15ml once a day. 

Children 1 - 6 years old: The dose is 5-10 ml once a day. 

Babies under 1 year: Up to 5 ml once a day. 

For full details on how to take Lactulose Solution please read the Patient Information Leaflet.

 

Lactulose overdose

If you take over the recommended dose of Lactulose it is unlikely to do any harm, however, you may experience diarrhoea and stomach pain that should ease within 48 hours.

If you are worried you should always speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Lactulose side effects

The most common side effect when taking Lactulose is diarrhoea. This is especially common when taking a high dose. In this circumstance, you should reduce the dose until it improves. 

Other side effects that have been reported whilst using Lactulose are:

  • Bloating
  • Excess wind
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Stomach pain

Side effects are usually fairly mild when taking Lactulose and will usually resolve within a few days. If you become concerned you should speak to a doctor or pharmacist for advice.

In the rare case that you experience an allergic reaction that causes difficulty breathing and facial swelling, you should seek immediate medical help. 

For full details regarding side effects please read the Patient Information Leaflet.

Lactulose ingredients

Active Ingredients: 5 ml of Lactulose oral solution contains 3.3 g Lactulose.

Lactulose warnings

Before taking Lactulose, please take the time to read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly. 

  • Do not take Lactulose if you have a blockage that is not caused by constipation or at risk of bowel perforation.
  • Speak to a doctor or pharmacist before using lactulose if you have unexplained tummy pain, you are lactose, fructose or galactose intolerance or have diabetes.
  • If you are currently taking or have recently stopped taking any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication, speak to a doctor before taking lactulose. 

 

Lactulose in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding

Lactulose can be used in pregnancy and while breastfeeding if it is necessary but you should always discuss starting any new medication with a doctor at this time.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Constipation?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

Lactulose Solution Reviews

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Authored By:

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Andy Boysan

BPharm

Published on: 29-05-2019

Last modified on: 15-01-2021


Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

Reviewed By:

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Scott McDougall

MPharm

Reviewed on: 15-01-2021

Next review date: 15-01-2023


Scott is one of the two founders of The Independent Pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist and the registered manager of our service with the CQC.


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