Product Type: Lactulose Oral Health & Digestion
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A helping hand when you need it
Member Name: chrisandmark
Advantages: Works well and quickly
Disadvantages: Not a nice taste
I've never been the most 'regular' person in the world when it comes to my toilet habits, and during all four of my pregnancies the problem gets worse. I therefore know Lactulose well, this being the main constipation remedy offered to pregnant women. Senna may also be prescribed now, but if used properly the sugary syrup of Lactulose can be very effective.
Depending on how generous your GP is you'll either get a standard medicine bottle filled with Lactulose, or a branded 500ml bottle with twist off pouring cap. I had this one and found it much easier than measuring out a 20ml dose using teaspoons!
The Lactulose itself is basically sugared water, the texture feels thick but in a sticky way rather than it having a gloopy consistency. It has a definite sweet taste but there's also something I find mildly offensive about Lactulose when drunk neat.
Anyway, this isn't really a problem as Lactulose is most effective when mixed into a large glass of orange juice. This isn't the recommended way but it does help it to kick in quicker, which is helpful as Lactulose is such a natural(ish) remedy. Stick to the dosage on the bottle and use a good quality orange juice for a gentle push to help you go to the loo.
For me the beauty of Lactulose is that it works quickly enough to shift things along, but you don't need to overdo the dosage in order to help yourself get a bit more regular. Usually it'll take four or five daily doses and then I can go without for a week and still manage to go to the 'proper toilet' (in my usual slow fashion).
The problem is never entirely cured, this will just give you a hand as and when you need it. It can also safely be used for babies and children, although this must obviously be under medical supervision. A healthy adult isn't likely to overdose on Lactulose, a dose of roughly double the recommended will give you the runs after a few days but as soon as you stop taking it you'll quickly get back to normal. Whatever normal is when it comes to bowel habits!
If mixing Lactulose with orange juice doesn't sound appetising then it can also be taken in a glass of water. I find the effects are a little slower using this method but, again, if you bear with it you'll soon see results.
I've got to specify this, Lactulose rarely causes an explosive need to go to the toilet. This may occur if you vastly increase the dose, but if you're sensible with the medicine then it's extremely gentle. In pregnancy it's a lifesaver, but with my sluggish bowels I will happily add it to my juice whenever I need a boost.
Summary: A gentle way to help move your bowels along