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Chronulac SyrupPronounced: KRON-yoo-lak
Generic name: Lactulose
Why is this drug prescribed: Chronulac treats constipation. In people who are chronically constipated, Chronulac increases the number and frequency of bowel movements.
Most important fact about this drug: It may take 24 to 48 hours to produce a normal bowel movement.
How should you take this medication: Take this medication exactly as prescribed. If you find the taste of Chronulac unpleasant, it can be mixed with water, fruit juice, or milk. --If you miss a dose... Take the forgotten dose as soon as you remember; but do not try to "catch up" by taking a double dose. --Storage instructions... Store at room temperature. Avoid excessive heat or direct light. The liquid may darken in color, which is normal. Do not freeze.
What side effects may occur: Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Chronulac. Side effects may include: Diarrhea, gas (temporary, at the beginning of use), intestinal cramps (temporary, at the beginning of use), nausea, potassium and fluid loss, vomiting
Why should this drug not be prescribed: Chronulac contains galactose, a simple sugar. If you are on a low-galactose diet, do not take this medication.
Special warnings about this medication: Because of its sugar content, this medication should be used with caution if you have diabetes. If unusual diarrhea occurs, contact your doctor.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking this medication: If Chronulac is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Chronulac with non-absorbable antacids such as Maalox and Mylanta.
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding: The effects of Chronulac during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. Chronulac may appear in breast milk and could affect a nursing infant. If this medication is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.
Recommended dosage: The usual dose is 1 to 2 tablespoonfuls (15 to 30 milliliters) daily. Your doctor may increase the dose to 60 milliliters a day, if necessary. Safety and effectiveness for children have not been established.
Overdosage: Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical treatment immediately. Symptoms of Chronulac overdose may include: Abdominal cramps, diarrhea