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Lactase

Pronunciation

(LAK tase)

Dosage Forms

Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling. [DSC] = Discontinued product

Capsule, Oral:

Lactrase: 250 mg [DSC]

Tablet, Oral:

Lac-Dose: 3000 units

Lactaid: 3000 units

Lactaid Fast Act: 9000 units

Lactaid Ultra: 9000 units

Lactase Enzyme: 3000 units

Lactase Fast Acting: 9000 units

Surelac: 3000 units

Tablet Chewable, Oral:

Lactaid: 4500 units

Lactaid Fast Act: 9000 units [vanilla flavor]

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Lac-Dose [OTC]
  • Lactaid Fast Act [OTC]
  • Lactaid Ultra [OTC]
  • Lactaid [OTC]
  • Lactase Enzyme [OTC]
  • Lactase Fast Acting [OTC]
  • Lactrase [OTC] [DSC]
  • Surelac [OTC]

Pharmacologic Category

  • Enzyme

Use: Labeled Indications

Help digest lactose in milk for patients with lactose intolerance

Dosing: Adult

Lactose intolerance: Oral:

Capsule: 1-2 capsules taken with milk or meal; pretreat milk with 1-2 capsules/quart of milk

Liquid: 5-15 drops/quart of milk

Tablet: 1-3 tablets with meals

Dosing: Geriatric

Refer to adult dosing.

Dietary Considerations

May be taken with meals. Some products may contain sodium.

Drug Interactions

There are no known significant interactions.

Patient Education

• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)

• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.

Intended Use and Disclaimer: Should not be printed and given to patients. This information is intended to serve as a concise initial reference for healthcare professionals to use when discussing medications with a patient. You must ultimately rely on your own discretion, experience and judgment in diagnosing, treating and advising patients.

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