Lactulose Crystals

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Lactulose Crystals

Generic Name: Lactulose Crystals (LAK-tyoo-lose)
Brand Name: Kristalose

Lactulose Crystals is used for:

Treating constipation. It also may be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Lactulose Crystals is a colonic acidifier. It works by drawing water into the colon, which increases pressure in the colon to then stimulate bowel movements.

Do NOT use Lactulose Crystals if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Lactulose Crystals
  • you have high blood galactose levels or you require a low-galactose diet

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Lactulose Crystals:

Some medical conditions may interact with Lactulose Crystals. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have diabetes, appendix problems, rectal bleeding, or an intestinal blockage

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lactulose Crystals. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Antacids because the effects of Lactulose Crystals may be decreased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Lactulose Crystals may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Lactulose Crystals:

Use Lactulose Crystals as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Lactulose Crystals may be mixed with food, fruit juice, water, or milk. It also may be taken dry from a spoon and washed down with water, juice, or milk.
  • Drink one or more 8-ounce glasses of liquid with each dose.
  • If a dose is missed, take it as soon as possible if the medicine is still required. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Lactulose Crystals.

Important safety information:

  • Contact your health care provider if diarrhea occurs.
  • It may take several days for Lactulose Crystals to work.
  • Diabetes patients - Contact your doctor if you experience symptoms of high blood sugar levels (excessive thirst or urination, confusion, flushing, rapid breathing, or "fruity" breath odor).
  • LAB TESTS may be performed to monitor your progress. Be sure to keep all doctor and lab appointments.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you are planning on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Lactulose Crystals during pregnancy. It is unknown if Lactulose Crystals is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Lactulose Crystals, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Lactulose Crystals:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Belching; gas; stomach cramps.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); diarrhea; high blood sugar (excessive thirst or urination, confusion, flushing, rapid breathing, or fruity breath odor).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include diarrhea; stomach cramps.

Proper storage of Lactulose Crystals:

Store Lactulose Crystals at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lactulose Crystals out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Lactulose Crystals, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lactulose Crystals is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Lactulose Crystals. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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