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How long does it take for lactulose to relieve the constipation symptoms?

How long does it normally take for the Lactulose to be effective in relieving the constipation symptoms. My mother is on Taxol, chemo, this is her third week, with severe cramping (constipation ?) last week which led her to initially take the Lactulose. After sitting on the toilet all day, it finally worked last thursday, however it caused her to have a Prolapsed Rectum. Yesterday she received her chemo again, and again today is experiencing severe cramps which she is calling constipation. Just wondering if it is truely constipation, or is cramping a side effect of the chemo Taxol? how long can we normally expect the Lactulose to take effect?

Asked On : Sun, 2 Mar 2014
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I read carefully all your queries and I am sorry for your mom.
With regards to cramping it may be due to chemo therapy, you can disccuss with oncologist to give her the proper medication.
with regards to constipation , firstly I recommend to use plenty of water and change lifestyle using foods reached in fibers,
Lactulose is a good choice , it will get 2-3 days to take effect.
but it depends on doses taken from your mother.
wishing her fast recpvery
Answered: Mon, 3 Mar 2014
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