Duphalac Composition – Lactulose (3.335gm/5ml)
Manufactured By – Abbott
Prescription – Prescription not Required
Form – Solution
Price – Rs 162.74
Quantity – 150 ml in 1 bottle
What is Duphalac?
- Duphalac is a laxative and an effective medicine to treat chronic constipation.
- It is a man-made sugar solution and it also prevents the effect of liver failure on the brain by removing certain toxic chemicals from the blood.
- Duphalac may help to increase the number of bowel movements per day.
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Uses of Duphalac
Duphalac is prescribed for:
- Hepatic encephalopathy
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How does Duphalac work?
- Duphalac is a synthetic sugar and a colonic acidifier that works by increasing stool water content and softening the stool.
- Duphalac also draws ammonia from the blood into the colon which is then removed with feces.
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Duphalac Price In India
|150ml Bottle of Oral suspension||Rs. 162.74|
|200ml Bottle of Oral suspension||Rs. 216.30|
|250ml Bottle of Oral suspension||Rs.271.23|
|450ml Bottle of Oral suspension||Rs. 486.67|
How to take Duphalac?
Duphalac is administered orally in the form of powder or solution, usually once daily for constipation.
Common dosage of Duphalac
The usual adult, oral dosage is 2 to 3 tablespoonful i.e., 15ml to 45 ml, three or four times daily.
When to avoid Duphalac & Precautions to take?
- Avoid using Duphalac if you are allergic to it or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
- Duphalac is not recommended for patients with galactosemia.
- Diabetic patient need to be cautious while receiving this medicine because it contains sugar as its primary constituent.
- Use of Duphalac can cause an imbalance in the levels of potassium, magnesium, and other electrolytes in the body.
- This medicine is not recommended when taking it along with other laxatives.
- The efficacy of Duphalac may reduce when taken along with an anti-infective medicine.
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Side Effects of Duphalac
- Excessive bowel activity
- Abdominal pain
- Low potassium and magnesium
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Effect on organs?
- Gastrointestinal reactions- Abdominal cramps, gaseous distention, flatulence, belching, bowel distention, cramping, nausea and vomiting, and with excessive doses, diarrhea.
- Metabolic reactions- Fluid and electrolyte disturbances, severe hypokalemia, hypernatremia and hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis.
Reported allergic reactions?
Allergic reactions may include:
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling of face, throat, hands or legs
Drug interactions to be careful about?
Co-administration of following drugs need to be avoided:
- Aluminium Hydroxide
- Being a laxative it results in increased bowel movement.
- The effect Duphalac can be observed within 1-2 days of oral administration.
Storage Requirements for Duphalac
- Keep it in an air-tight container.
- Keep it away from direct light or moisture.
- Keep it out of reach of children.
Pro Tips when taking Duphalac
- To improve the taste while taking solution form of this medicine, mix it with fruit juice, water, milk, or a soft dessert.
- Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water or constipation may get worse.
FAQs – Things to Know About Duphalac
Is Duphalac addictive?
Can I have Duphalac with alcohol?
Any particular food item to be avoided?
Avoid cheese, cake, sweets etc.
Can I have Duphalac when pregnant?
Yes; only if benefit outweigh the risks.
Can I have Duphalac when feeding a baby?
Yes; only if benefit outweigh the risks.
Can I drive after taking Duphalac?
What happens if I overdose on Duphalac?
Overdose of Duphalac may cause diarrhoea, increased heartbeat, severe thirst, increased urination, muscle weakness, and cramps.
What happens if I eat expired Duphalac?
Expired Duphalac may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions, thus to be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug.
What happens if I miss a dose of Duphalac?
If you miss a dose of Duphalac, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double dose for a missed one.