Lactulose

NAME OF THE MOLECULE:

Lactulose

 

DRUG DESCRIPTION:

It is a disaccharide, that is to say it is a sugar that is broken down by bacteria contained in the colon. The molecules formed in this way attract water to the digestive system which causes a laxative effect and acidifies the contents of the colon. The acidification causes ammonia to migrate from the blood to the colon and to be expulsed with the feces.

 

INDICATIONS:

Mainly used as a laxative in small animals. May also reduce the levels of ammonia in the blood for the prevention and treatment of hepatic encephalopathy.

 

CONTAINDICATIONS:

Do not use, unless advised by a veterinarian, if your pet is diabetic or has diarrhea.

 

SIDE EFFECTS:

At the beginning of treatment, it is not rare to observe flatulence and stomach distension.

 

RECOMMENDED MONITORING:

It is important to observe whether the condition of your pet improves and if he presents any side effects. For long term use, it is strongly recommended to do a follow up with your veterinarian to evaluate the mineral salts in his blood and his hydration. If the medication is used to reduce the ammonia levels in the blood and your pet’s condition deteriorates or he produces less than 2-3 stools per day, contact your veterinarian.

 

INTERACTIONS WITH OTHER MEDICATION:

Do not use lactulose, unless advised by a veterinarian, if your pet is taking an oral antacid, a laxative or neomycin.

STORAGE:

Store at room temperature. Excess heat and cold are to be avoided. This medication should be protected from the light.

 

WARNING:

Respect the expiration date of the product because an expired product may be less effective or potentially dangerous for the health of your pet. *Keep out of the reach of children and animals.*