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LACTUGAL

Active substance(s): LACTULOSE SOLUTION

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INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Read all of this label carefully
before you start taking this medicine.

This medicine is available without prescription.
However, you still need to use Lactugal carefully to
get the best results from it.
• Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need more
information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms
worsen or do not improve.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effect not listed in this leaflet
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

1. What Lactugal is and what it is used for

Lactugal contains the active ingredient lactulose. It
is a type of sugar that is broken down into mild
acids in the colon (the end part of the intestinal
tract). These acids draw water into the colon and
thereby soften the stool. Lactugal is used to treat
constipation. Lactugal is sometimes used in patients
with a liver condition called hepatic encephalopathy.
It helps prevent dangerous toxins from being
absorbed into the blood stream.

2. Before you take Lactugal
Do not take Lactugal if you:

been relieved and you may not need to take it any more.

Lactugal has not been shown to interact negatively
with other medicines. Always advise your doctor or
pharmacist before taking any other medicines,
including medicines obtained without a prescription.

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Like all medicines, Lactugal can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them. The following side effects have been
reported:
• flatulence (wind) • stomach pain • feeling sick • loose stools
• vomiting (being sick) • diarrhoea • electrolyte imbalance
(imbalance of salts in your body - usually from vomiting
and diarrhoea)
These side effects should disappear after a few days.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Always ask your doctor for advice before using any
medicines. There is no potential risk during
pregnancy and breastfeeding if Lactugal is used in
the recommended dosage.

Driving and using machines

Lactugal is not known to affect your ability to drive
or operate machinery.

3. How to take Lactugal

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Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects , talk to your doctor, pharmacist
or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in
this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By
reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

Lactugal should be taken orally. It may take up to
48 hours before Lactugal begins to have an effect.
Once the medicine has started to work you may
gradually reduce the amount you take.
Dosage:
• To treat constipation:
Adults, the elderly and children over 10 years:
Usual dose is three 5ml spoons (15ml) once or twice
daily.
Children 5-10 years:
Usual dose is two 5ml spoonfuls (10ml) twice daily.
Children aged 1-5 years:
Usual dose is one 5ml spoonful (5ml) twice daily.
Children under 1 year:
Usual dose is 2.5 ml (half a 5 ml spoonful) twice daily.
• To treat hepatic encephalopathy:
Adults:
Initial dose is six to ten 5ml spoons three times daily.
Your doctor will advise you on a dose suitable for
your condition.

5. How to store Lactugal

Keep Lactugal out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 20°C. Do not freeze. Do not use Lactugal
after the expiry date which is stated on the label.

6. Further information
What Lactugal contains:

The active substance is Lactulose Solution. Each 5ml
spoonful contains (approx) 3.4g lactulose. The other
ingredients are banana flavour and quinoline yellow (E104).

• are allergic (hypersensitive) to lactulose or any of
the other ingredients listed in section 6.
• suffer from any blockages of the bowel, other than
constipation (for which you are taking Lactugal),
digestive perforation or risk of digestive
perforation
• suffer from galactose or fructose intolerance,
Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose galactose
If you take too much Lactugal
malabsorption
Take special care with Lactugal and seek a If you have taken too much of this medicine, contact
your doctor or local hospital immediately.
doctor’s advice if you:
If you forget to take Lactugal
• are lactose intolerant (allergic to milk sugar)
Take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember.
• have unexplained tummy ache
However, if it is nearly time for your next dose,
• have diabetes
Your doctor will decide if you can safely take Lactugal ignore the missed dose and continue as usual with
the next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up
Please seek your doctor’s advice if this medicine
does not improve your condition after using for several days. for a forgotten dose. If you forgot to take this
medicine it might be because your symptoms have
Taking Lactugal with other medicines

What Lactugal looks like and contents of the pack:

Lactugal is available in 250 ml, 300 ml, 500 ml, 1,000 ml and
2,000 ml white plastic containers with plastic caps.
Not all bottle sizes may be marketed.

Marketing authorisation holder and manufacturer
Intrapharm Laboratories Ltd, The Courtyard Barns, Choke
Lane, Maidenhead, Berks, SL6 6PT, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in December 2014.
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