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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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Has anyone used a product called lactulose for relieving constipation? My GI specialist favors it over products like Metamucil because it works better with those who have damaged intestines in conditions like celiac (and Crohn's too, apparently). It doesn't cause dependence like true laxatives, either. Just wondering how you found it worked for you.

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Has anyone used a product called lactulose for relieving constipation? My GI specialist favors it over products like Metamucil because it works better with those who have damaged intestines in conditions like celiac (and Crohn's too, apparently). It doesn't cause dependence like true laxatives, either. Just wondering how you found it worked for you.

I don't know much about lactulose, but my daughter was prescribed Miralax which is the brand name for polyethylene glycol. I found out that it's not very good for you and can cause some pretty bad side effect - at least in the long run. I took her off of it and since going off of gluten I have been able to control her constipation with diet.

I am a different story however and since going off of gluten the constipation has not gone away - I think it's not quite as sever though. I take magnesium in 250 mg tablets; 1 in the AM and 1 in the PM. If I make sure I don't miss a dose I don't have a problem with C. I did have to take more at first though. You may want to check into it and ask your doctor, because I believe that people with celiac are usually low in mag. and you can take a ton of it without it causing any side effects.

Personally I try to go as natural as possible, because with all the problems I have I always seem to react badly to all medication at some point.

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My older son had issues with C when he was as baby. He was prescribed Lactulose. It was very gentle and effective.

Have you considered drinking a lot more water? That seems to relieve C in some.

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Lactulose produces an osmotic effect increasing peristalsis.It should not be used if you have diabetes abdominal pain,nausea or vomitting. It works within 24-48 hours. It is different from metamucil which increases moisture and bulk in the stool.

Lactulose is effective when necessary but remember to consume sufficient fluids and fibre in a well balanced diet on a daily basis

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