|Relieves constipation and gets rid of ammonia in people with liver problems. Generlac (lactulose) relieves constipation and high ammonia levels, but it can take up to 48 hours to work.||Relieves constipation. Senokot (senna) is gentle and effective, but it may be weaker than other laxatives.|
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The lactulose FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.More about lactulose side effects »
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|How it works|
|Generlac (lactulose) draws water into the intestines to soften your stool for easier passing. It also helps draw ammonia into your stool for removal from the body.||Senokot (senna) is a laxative. It causes contractions in your intestine muscles to push stool through. It also makes stool more watery.|
|Type of medication|
|Risk factors for serious side effects|
Detailed Generlac (lactulose) risks & warnings »
- › Taking Generlac (lactulose) for more than 6 months
- › Elderly
- › Taking medications that cause mineral imbalance
- › Not exercising regularly
- › Diabetes
Detailed Senokot (senna) risks & warnings »
- › Age 60 or older
- › Cancer
- › Other condition that causes blockage or narrowing of bowel
- › Taking medications that cause constipation
|Upsides and benefits|
- › Generlac (lactulose) is the first-choice treatment for brain conditions caused by high ammonia levels.
- › Can be used if you have severe chronic constipation leading to blockage.
- › Available in generic.
- › Can be taken orally or rectally.
- › Senokot (senna) is generally well-tolerated.
- › Can be used if you have hemorrhoids.
- › Can be used in children as young as 2 years old.
|Downsides and risks|
- › Should not be used if you are on a galactose-restricted diet.
- › Does not provide rapid relief of constipation. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you need quick relief.
- › Generlac (lactulose) has a very sweet flavor that most people don't like.
- › Can cause salt imbalances in the blood, especially if you are dehydrated or if you are on water pills.
- › Takes longer to work compared to other medicines for constipation.
|Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication|
- › Generlac (lactulose) works within 24 to 48 hours to produce a bowel movement.
- › If you are taking this for constipation, it is usually taken once a day.
- › The goal is for you to have 2 to 3 stools a day.
- › You can mix the oral solution in juice, water, or milk for better taste.
- › Generlac (lactulose) can cause you to be dehydrated, so make sure you drink plenty of fluids.
- › Maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise, and drinking plenty of fluids can help you prevent constipation.
- › It's best to take Senokot (senna) at bedtime. You can expect to have a bowel movement the following morning.
- › You may need a combination of different constipation medicines if Senokot (senna) alone does not help.
- › Eating more fruits and vegetables with lots of fiber can help constipation.
- › Remaining active and staying hydrated are good ways to prevent constipation.
- › Certain medications can increase your risk of constipation. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about changing your medicines to lower your risk.
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