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PACKAGE LEAFLET:
INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Lactulose Liquid EP
Lactulose 67.0% w/v

Read all of this leaflet carefully because
it contains important information for
you.
This medicine is available without a
prescription. However, you still need to
use Lactulose Liquid carefully to get the
best results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read
it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or
if you notice any side effects not listed
in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.
• You must contact a doctor if your
symptoms worsen or do not improve .

Liver disease
Take 6 to 10 x 5ml spoonfuls 3 times
daily, or as directed by your doctor.
If you take more Lactulose Liquid than
you should
If you accidentally take too much
Lactulose Liquid, or you suspect that
your child has taken extra medicine,
contact you doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to take Lactulose Liquid
Take the next dose as soon as you
remember, unless it is nearly time for
your next dose. In this case, take your
next dose and go on as before. Do not
take a double dose to make up for a
forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on the
use of this product, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1. What Lactulose Liquid is and what it is
used for
2. Before you take Lactulose Liquid
3. How to take Lactulose Liquid
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Lactulose Liquid
6. Further information

1. WHAT LACTULOSE LIQUID IS
AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

Lactulose Liquid belongs to a group of
medicines known as laxatives, and is used
to treat constipation.
It is also given to patients with liver
disease to prevent any damage caused by
poisons being released into the blood,
which can occur when the liver is not
working properly.
Each 5ml dose of Lactulose Liquid
contains 3.35grams of the sugar,
lactulose. It also contains other sugars

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

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Like all medicines, Lactulose Liquid can
cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Mild and short-lasting effects such as
abdominal bloatedness, cramps or wind
have been reported occasionally. These
usually subside after the early stages of
treatment.
High doses of Lactulose Liquid may
cause nausea in some patients. This can
be minimised by taking Lactulose Liquid
with water, fruit juice or with meals.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if
you experience any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.

5. HOW TO STORE LACTULOSE
LIQUID
Keep out of the reach and sight of
children.
Do not store above 25°C. Keep the
container tightly closed.

Lactulose
Liquid EP

67% w/v Oral Solution

called lactose, galactose, tagatose and
other ketoses.

2. BEFORE YOU TAKE LACTULOSE
LIQUID

Do not take Lactulose Liquid if you
have:
• an allergy (hypersensitive) to any of the
ingredients of Lactulose Liquid (see
Section 6),
• a blockage or obstruction in the bowel
that is not due to constipation,
• high levels of galactose in your blood
(galactosaemia),
• intolerance to lactose.
Take special care with Lactulose Liquid
if you:
• are pregnant (especially during the first
3 months),
• Lactulose Liquid contains sugars. You
should pay special attention to your
dental hygiene while taking Lactulose
Liquid, or your child’s if taking
Lactulose Liquid.

Do not use Lactulose Liquid after
the date stated on the bottle. The
date refers to the last day of that
month.
Medicines should not be disposed
of via wastewater or household
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines no longer
required. These measures will help
to protect the environment.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION

What Lactulose Liquid contains
The active ingredient is lactulose.
The other ingredients are lactose,
galactose, tagatose and other
ketoses, purified water.
What Lactulose Liquid looks like
and contents of the pack
Lactulose Liquid is a clear, almost
colourless to brownish-yellow
syrup.

300
ml

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To be taken by mouth.
Dosage (constipation):
ADULTS: 3 to 6 x 5ml spoonfuls daily for the first 2 to 3 days of treatment (9 spoonfuls may be
given in obstinate cases), followed by 2 to 3 spoonfuls daily as required, or as directed by your
doctor.
CHILDREN: 2 to 5 x 5ml spoonfuls daily for the first 2 to 3 days of treatment, followed by 1 to 3
spoonfuls daily as required, or as directed by your doctor.
Dosage (liver disease):
Between 6 to 10 x 5ml spoonfuls, taken 3 times daily, or as directed by your doctor.
Each 5ml contains 3.35g lactulose. It also contains lactose and galatose.
Keep out of the reach of children. Lift flap for further information about your medicine.
Do not store above 25°C.
Product Licence Holder: Novartis Consumer Health, Horsham, RH12 5AB
Distributed by: Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
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NOVLL002 PL 0030/0175

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if
you are taking, or have recently taken,
any other medicines, including those
obtained without a prescription.
There are no known interactions
between Lactulose Liquid and other
medicines.
Taking Lactulose Liquid with food and
drink
Taking Lactulose Liquid with water, fruit
juice or with meals can help to minimise
any feelings of sickness that can occur
after taking high doses.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before taking any medicine.
Lactulose Liquid must be used with
caution during the first 3 months of
pregnancy.

The following pack sizes are
available:
Amber glass bottles or plastic
bottles with polyethylene closure
containing 300ml and 500ml or of
Lactulose Liquid.
Measuring spoon provided.
Marketing Authorisation holder:
Novartis Consumer Health
Horsham, RH12 5AB, UK.
Manufacturer
BCM Limited, Nottingham,
NG90 2PR, UK
Distributor
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
For any information about this
medicinal product, please contact
the Marketing Authorisation
Holder.
This leaflet was last revised in
February 2009.

Driving and using machines
There is no evidence that Lactulose
Liquid can affect your ability to drive or
operate machinery.
Important information about some of
the ingredients of Lactulose Liquid.
This medicine contains the sugars
lactose, galactose, tagatose and other
ketoses. If you have an intolerance to
some sugars, contact your doctor before
taking this product.
3. HOW TO TAKE LACTULOSE LIQUID
If this medicine has been prescribed for
you, always take Lactulose Liquid
exactly as your doctor has told you. You
should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Shake well before use. Swallow the
medicine directly from the spoon.
Constipation
Begin with the following starting doses
for the first 2-3 days then continue with

the daily maintenance doses until your
constipation has cleared. Do not dilute
your medicine. After use make sure the
bottle cap is properly closed.
Adults
Starting dose: 3 to 6 spoonfuls once a
day. Up to 9 spoonfuls may be given in
obstinate cases.
Maintenance dose: 2 to 3 spoonfuls once
a day or as directed by your doctor.
Children
Starting dose: 2 to 5 spoonfuls once a
day
Maintenance dose: 1 to 3 spoonfuls once
a day or as directed by your doctor.
Adjust dose until desired response is
seen.
Elderly
No adjustment of the dose is required.
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300

Lactulose
Liquid EP

ml

67% w/v Oral Solution

To be taken by mouth.
Dosage (constipation):
ADULTS: 3 to 6 x 5ml spoonfuls daily for the first 2 to 3 days of treatment (9 spoonfuls may
be given in obstinate cases), followed by 2 to 3 spoonfuls daily as required, or as directed
by your doctor.
CHILDREN: 2 to 5 x 5ml spoonfuls daily for the first 2 to 3 days of treatment, followed by 1
to 3 spoonfuls daily as required, or as directed by your doctor.
Dosage (liver disease):
Between 6 to 10 x 5ml spoonfuls, taken 3 times daily, or as directed by your doctor.
Each 5ml contains 3.35g lactulose. It also contains lactose and galatose.
Keep out of the reach of children. Lift flap for further information about your medicine.
Do not store above 25°C.
WEPB7
Product Licence Holder: Novartis Consumer Health,
NOVLL002
Horsham, RH12 5AB.
Distributed by: Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
PL 0030/0175

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PACKAGE LEAFLET:
INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Lactulose Liquid EP

Lactulose 67.0% w/v
Read all of this leaflet carefully
because it contains important
information for you.
This medicine is available without a
prescription. However, you still need to
use Lactulose Liquid carefully to get
the best results from it.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to
read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
• If any of the side effects gets serious,
or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
• You must contact a doctor if your
symptoms worsen or do not improve .

In this leaflet:
1. What Lactulose Liquid is and what it
is used for
2. Before you take Lactulose Liquid
3. How to take Lactulose Liquid
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Lactulose Liquid
6. Further information

1. WHAT LACTULOSE LIQUID IS
AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

Lactulose Liquid belongs to a group of
medicines known as laxatives, and is
used to treat constipation.
It is also given to patients with liver
disease to prevent any damage caused
by poisons being released into the
blood, which can occur when the liver is
not working properly.
Each 5ml dose of Lactulose Liquid
contains 3.35grams of the sugar,
lactulose. It also contains other sugars
called lactose, galactose, tagatose and
other ketoses.

2. BEFORE YOU TAKE
LACTULOSE LIQUID

Do not take Lactulose Liquid if you
have:
• an allergy (hypersensitive) to any of
the ingredients of Lactulose Liquid
(see Section 6),
• a blockage or obstruction in the
bowel that is not due to
constipation,
• high levels of galactose in your
blood (galactosaemia),
• intolerance to lactose.
Take special care with Lactulose
Liquid if you:
• are pregnant (especially during the
first 3 months),
• Lactulose Liquid contains sugars.
You should pay special attention to
your dental hygiene while taking
Lactulose Liquid, or your child’s if
taking Lactulose Liquid.

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are taking, or have recently
taken, any other medicines, including
those obtained without a
prescription.
There are no known interactions
between Lactulose Liquid and other
medicines.
Taking Lactulose Liquid with food
and drink
Taking Lactulose Liquid with water,
fruit juice or with meals can help to
minimise any feelings of sickness that
can occur after taking high doses.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for
advice before taking any medicine.
Lactulose Liquid must be used with
caution during the first 3 months of
pregnancy.

Driving and using machines
There is no evidence that Lactulose
Liquid can affect your ability to drive
or operate machinery.
Important information about some
of the ingredients of Lactulose
Liquid.
This medicine contains the sugars
lactose, galactose, tagatose and other
ketoses. If you have an intolerance to
some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this product.

Constipation
Begin with the following starting
doses for the first 2-3 days then
continue with the daily maintenance
doses until your constipation has
cleared. Do not dilute your medicine.
After use make sure the bottle cap is
properly closed.
Adults
Starting dose: 3 to 6 spoonfuls once
a day. Up to 9 spoonfuls may be
given in obstinate cases.
Maintenance dose: 2 to 3 spoonfuls
once a day or as directed by your
doctor.
Children
Starting dose: 2 to 5 spoonfuls once
a day
Maintenance dose: 1 to 3 spoonfuls
once a day or as directed by your
doctor. Adjust dose until desired
response is seen.

3. HOW TO TAKE LACTULOSE
LIQUID

If this medicine has been prescribed
for you, always take Lactulose Liquid
exactly as your doctor has told you.
You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Shake well before use. Swallow the
medicine directly from the spoon.

continued...

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Elderly
No adjustment of the dose is
required.
Liver disease
Take 6 to 10 x 5ml spoonfuls 3 times
daily, or as directed by your doctor.
If you take more Lactulose Liquid
than you should
If you accidentally take too much
Lactulose Liquid, or you suspect that
your child has taken extra medicine,
contact you doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to take Lactulose
Liquid
Take the next dose as soon as you
remember, unless it is nearly time for
your next dose. In this case, take your
next dose and go on as before. Do
not take a double dose to make up
for a forgotten dose.
If you have any further questions on
the use of this product, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Lactulose Liquid
can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Mild and short-lasting effects such as
abdominal bloatedness, cramps or
wind have been reported
occasionally. These usually subside
after the early stages of treatment.
High doses of Lactulose Liquid may
cause nausea in some patients. This
can be minimised by taking Lactulose
Liquid with water, fruit juice or with
meals.
If any of the side effects gets serious,
or if you experience any side effects
not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.

5. HOW TO STORE LACTULOSE
LIQUID
Keep out of the reach and sight of
children.
Do not store above 25°C. Keep the
container tightly closed.

Lactulose
Liquid Ph Eur

67% w/v Oral Solution

Do not use Lactulose Liquid
after the date stated on the
bottle. The date refers to the
last day of that month.
Medicines should not be
disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to
protect the environment.

6. FURTHER
INFORMATION

What Lactulose Liquid
contains
The active ingredient is
lactulose.
The other ingredients are
lactose, galactose, tagatose
and other ketoses, purified
water.

500
ml

5 012617 002693

To be taken by mouth.
Dosage (constipation):
ADULTS: 3 to 6 x 5ml spoonfuls daily for the first 2 to 3 days of treatment (9 spoonfuls may
be given in obstinate cases), followed by 2 to 3 spoonfuls daily as required, or as directed by
your doctor.
CHILDREN: 2 to 5 x 5ml spoonfuls daily for the first 2 to 3 days of treatment, followed by 1 to 3
spoonfuls daily as required, or as directed by your doctor.
Dosage (liver disease):
Between 6 to 10 x 5ml spoonfuls, taken 3 times daily, or as directed by your doctor.
Each 5ml contains 3.35g lactulose. It also contains lactose and galactose.
See leaflet for further information. Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Lift flap for further information about your medicine.
Do not store above 25°C.
XKAA4
Product Licence Holder: Novartis Consumer Health,
NOVLL003
Horsham, RH12 5AB.
Distributed by: Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
PL 0030/0175

What Lactulose Liquid looks
like and contents of the pack
Lactulose Liquid is a clear,
almost colourless to
brownish-yellow syrup.
The following pack sizes are
available:
Amber glass bottles or plastic
bottles with polyethylene
closure containing 300ml and
500ml of Lactulose Liquid.
Measuring spoon provided.
Marketing Authorisation holder:
Novartis Consumer Health
Horsham, RH12 5AB, UK.
Manufacturer
BCM Limited, Nottingham,
NG90 2PR, UK
Distributor
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
For any information about this
medicinal product, please contact the
Marketing Authorisation Holder.
This leaflet was last revised in
February 2009.

500

Lactulose
Liquid Ph Eur

ml

67% w/v Oral Solution

To be taken by mouth.
Dosage (constipation):
ADULTS: 3 to 6 x 5ml spoonfuls daily for the first 2 to 3 days of treatment (9 spoonfuls may
be given in obstinate cases), followed by 2 to 3 spoonfuls daily as required, or as directed by
your doctor.
CHILDREN: 2 to 5 x 5ml spoonfuls daily for the first 2 to 3 days of treatment, followed by 1 to 3
spoonfuls daily as required, or as directed by your doctor.
Dosage (liver disease):
Between 6 to 10 x 5ml spoonfuls, taken 3 times daily, or as directed by your doctor.
Each 5ml contains 3.35g lactulose. It also contains lactose and galactose.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Lift flap for further information about your medicine.
Do not store above 25°C.
XKAA4
Product Licence Holder: Novartis Consumer Health,
NOVLL003
Horsham, RH12 5AB.
Distributed by: Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
PL 0030/0175

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500 ml

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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