Generlac, also known as the generic drug of lactulose, is used to treat chronic constipation and some of the complications of liver disease. It is broadly classified as an osmotic laxative and is on the World Health Organization"s List of Essential Medications, which is a medicine needed in a basic health system.
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Generlac, which can be derived from raw milk, is a type of sugar that can be broken down by the large intestine into mild acids that draw water, which helps soften the stool. It can help increase the number of bowel movements you have per day and the number of days you have a bowel movement. Generlac, which can be taken orally or by way of a rectal enema, is used to treat primarily:
- Chronic constipation
- Hepatic Encephalopathy (A complication of liver disease)
- Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth
You should not use this drug if you"re on a diet low on galactose or are being treated for diabetes. You should always consult with your physician if you have any questions about the usage of this drug.
You should follow the instructions if taking Generlac on your own or follow your doctor"s guidelines if you"re taking it on his or her orders. With all kinds of laxatives you always have to take a lot of water with them for them to be effective.
- You can take Generlac by mouth, about once daily for treatment for constipation or as directed by your personal physician.
If you"re taking the solution and you want to improve the taste, then you can mix the solution into soft deserts, water, milk or juices. You have to use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit out of it. It may take up to 48 hours to spur a bowel movement. You should immediately inform your doctor if your condition worsens or persists.
Generlac Side Effects
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the side effects caused by the usage of Generlac and if you"re adverse reaction isn"t listed you should immediately consult your physician. These are some of the more common side effects that can happen when you take Generlac:
- Gaseous distension
- Abdominal Discomfort (cramping)
- And dehydration and hyponatremia in infants
If any of those side effects persist then you should immediately consult your personal physician. You should tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur such as:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Severe stomach pains
- Rectal Bleeding
You should also be on the lookout for any kind of allergic reaction even though those are very rare. As always, if you have any questions or adverse reactions not listed here then contact your personal physician for guidance.
Generlac has interactions with over 306 drugs (1453 brand and generic names) but not of them are considered to be major or serious. About 257 drug interactions have been determined to be moderate. Moderate is defined as clinically significant and these combinations should be avoided but they can be used together. As always, consult your physician if you see a combination that"s moderate. Some of those drugs that have moderate interactions include:
- Benefiber caplets
- Ex Lax Gentle Nature
There are also two disease interactions with Generlac that include:
If you"re concerned about either drug or disease interactions then you should consult your doctor before taking Generlac.