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Lactulose

Contributor(s): Lauren Trepanier, Vetstream Ltd

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

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • BSAVA Small Animal Formulary. Ramsey I (2017) 9th edn. 

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