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Lactulose

Contributor(s): Lauren Trepanier

Introduction

Name

  • Lactulose.

Class of drug

  • Laxative.

Description

Chemical name

  • Galactose/fructose disaccharide.

Uses

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Indications

  • Hepatic encephalopathy Hepatic encephalopathy - to reduce blood ammonia levels.
  • Safe and gentle osmotic laxative.
  • Appetite stimulant in birds.

Administration

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Precautions

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Interactions

with other drugs



Oral antibiotics, eg neomycin or metronidazole (for hepatic encephalopathy)

Adverse Reactions

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Further Reading

Publications

Other sources of information

  • Based onSmall Animal Formulary.Tennant, Bryn (1999) 3rd edn. Cheltenham: BSAVA.

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