Dosage & Administration
Give this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. Lactulose may be mixed with fruit juice, water, or milk to improve the taste. It may take 24 to 48 hours before the effects of lactulose are seen. Lactulose may darken slightly in color. This change is harmless. However, if lactulose becomes very dark or uneven in consistency do not use the product. Store lactulose at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep this medication away from children and pets.
Directions Lactulose Solution is a prescription medication used in dogs and cats as a laxative. Lactulose is also used to reduce blood ammonia levels in the prevention and treatment of hepatic encephalopathy. Lactulose Solution is not FDA approved for use in veterinary medicine; however, it is a commonly accepted practice for veterinarians to prescribe this medication for dogs and cats. Because Lactulose is a type of sugar (disaccharide) tell your veterinarian if your pet is diabetic. Antacids may decrease the effects of Lactulose.
Lactulose may be mixed with water or milk to improve the taste. It may take 24 to 48 hours before the effects of Lactulose are seen. Notify your veterinarian if your pet develops excessive diarrhea.
|Pet ||Weight ||Dosage |
|Dogs/Cats: ||All weights ||The usual does is 1 ml for every 2 lbs of pet's body weight every 8 hours to start, or as directed by your veterinarian, then use as needed |
|Horses: ||X ||X |
Storage Store at room temperature, away from heat and moisture.
What happens if I miss giving a dose:
|Active Ingredients (per 15 mL) ||Amount |
|Lactulose ||10 g |
|Lactose ||Less than 1.6 g |
|Other sugars ||Less than 1.2 g |
Give the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication. What happens if I overdose the pet:
Seek emergency veterinary medical treatment. Symptoms of lactulose overdose are unknown but diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and possible complications of dehydration from excessive diarrhea are possible. What should I avoid while giving Lactulose to my pet:
There are no restrictions on food, drink or activity unless otherwise directed by the veterinarian. Possible side effects of Lactulose:
If any of the following serious side effects occur, stop giving lactulose and seek emergency veterinary medical attention; an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; swelling of the lips; tongue or face; hives). Other less serious side effects may occur. Continue giving lactulose and talk to your veterinarian if your pet experiences flatulence, abdominal cramps, diarrhea or nausea and vomiting. Other side effects may also occur. Talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to the animal. What other drugs will affect Lactulose:
Tell your veterinarian if your pet is being given an antacid as this may decrease the effects of lactulose. Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Lactulose. Talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any prescription or over the counter medicines. What should I discuss with my veterinarian before giving Lactulose to my pet:
Tell your veterinarian if your pet is diabetic. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.
Side effects of lactulose include symptoms of flatulence, bloated stomach, and cramping. Diarrhea and dehydration are symptoms of overdose. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is diabetic, or pregnant or lactating.