Anyone try Lactulose for constipation?

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KAP
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   Posted 8/16/2006 4:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Have any of you tried Lactulose (prescription) for your constipation? Just wondering, b/c that's one thing I haven't yet tried. I believe I have colonic inertia, but am not ready to go through all the tests for that and possible surgery until I've tried everything for the constipation.
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Syrup
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   Posted 8/17/2006 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
erm..I have, it worked a little for me I do believe. Good luck

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   Posted 8/18/2006 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Syrup,
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starrnr
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   Posted 8/20/2006 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I have used it - it was a godsend, as it worked great for a long time, then stopped. I have crohn's (with severe chronic C) though, with strictures in my small bowel. I started at 1 tablespoon and worked up to 4 (per GI) - figured that had to work and it didn't. I would definitely suggest trying it - it won't hurt, could possibly help.

As a strange side note, my g-f in England took me to the chemist where I bought the lactulose over the counter. Came home to do the same and was told it was a prescription med - I still can't figure out why.

Hope you get some relief soon.
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LondonGirl22
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   Posted 8/21/2006 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I used it for a long time at one point and it worked well for me.
It can cause some colicky pain in some people but it doesn't last.

I quite like the taste of it!
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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/21/2006 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Starrnr, I bought Claratin over the counter in Ireland long before it and other allergy meds were de-regulated over here in the U.S. It's all a matter of what a country's version of the FDA thinks is safe for people to use for themselves. That and we have a lot more drug companies over here than anywhere else in the world and they are all over our FDA. One of the reasons why the same drug costs a whole lot less in Canada than in the U.S.... and why drug companies are all over Congress to make it illegal for us to buy drugs in Canada.

Have you tried taking it again lately? Some of the people on here who had good results with Zelnorm, but had it quit working for them after a while, found that after taking a break from it for a few weeks they were able to get it to work for them again.

starrnr
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   Posted 8/21/2006 1:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Keriamon - I noticed alot of different med's that were available OTC in the UK and Australia, but that you had to arm-twist your doctor for the same here. Dumb! Lactulose is a non-soluble sugar solution and I need a prescription. On the other hand, they'll be happy to give me Sucralose (which is almost the same) OTC. Like I said, dumb!!!

Yes, I did try it after I stopped taking the Miralax -- I even started at 4 tablespoons...hardly anything happens (and I mean hardly). It's just too painful! I've reverted back to my regular laxative which doesn't work all that well either, but it's better than nothing at this point. I'm trying desperately to avoid surgery on my small bowel... can you tell?! LOL
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Keriamon
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   Posted 8/22/2006 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, I don't blame you on that account. I think I'd be chugging a bottle of prune juice a day if it meant keeping things moving so I didn't have to have surgery. Maybe prune juice with a parasite in it, even, lol.

kgrl17
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   Posted 8/25/2006 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I would think it would work. Isn't that the sugar in milk? I know every time I drink milk it goes right through me. And I did a test with lactulose and that went through me before I was barely finished drinking the solution!
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