To date, pharmacies are represented by a huge amount of funds from constipation in different price categories. Drugs help get rid of the problem for a while, but, unfortunately, do not have any curative effect. The greatest popularity was acquired by Dufalac. Analogues of the drug are several times cheaper and not inferior in effectiveness.
How does constipation work?
Laxatives help to make the defecation process and get rid of unpleasant sensations. Availability and prevalence allows you to choose the remedy yourself, without consulting a doctor and finding out the true reasons for the disruption of the intestine. Among those who suffer from chronic constipation, many are dependent on the use of laxatives and use them constantly.
Existing means for getting rid of constipation vary in the type of effect. The most effective drugs are considered irritating, but on a regular basis they are prohibited. Prebiotics with a laxative effect are directed to the restoration of normal microflora and p
When is Dufalac appointed?
A prebiotic with a hyperosmotic effect is prescribed, if necessary, to stimulate intestinal peristalsis and release the colon, softening the stool. The process of defecation can be complicated by the following pathologies:
- Chronic constipation against a background of gastrointestinal diseases;Acute food poisoning;
- Preparation for examination or surgery;
- Postoperative period after removal of hemorrhoids;
- Hepatic encephalopathy.
Lactulose is the main active substance and normalizes the work of the intestines, preventing the growth of pathogens. The number of lacto- and bifidobacteria increases, which makes it possible to perform defecation without the aid of laxatives. Thanks to the careful effect on the intestine, it is allowed to use Dufalac for newborns. The laxative remedy recommends that you consult a pediatrician before using to determine the appropriate dose and duration of treatment.
"Dufalac": dosage of the preparation
It is necessary to take a laxative, if desired, with water. It should be noted that, depending on the characteristics of the body, the drug may not act without fluid. For a day you need to use "Dufalac" once. How to take it - the doctor determines the results of the examination of the patient. For ease of use, a measuring cup is attached to each package.
The initial daily dose of laxative "Dufalac" for children over 14 years and adults is 15 to 45 ml. If the drug in bags - 1-3 sachets( 15 ml in one).For children 7-14 years of age, the manufacturer recommends eating no more than 15 ml per day. From 1 to 6 years, the maximum allowed amount of a daily dose is 10 ml. During the period of treatment it is important to use as much liquid as possible to prevent dehydration of the body. The dose established by the doctor can be divided into 2 doses. Supportive therapy consists of taking an average dose for a certain age and is prescribed after a positive reaction of the body to the remedy.
Preparing the patient for the examination( a colonoscopy), or an operative intervention, recommend taking 100-150 ml of the drug.
The course of admission can last up to 1 month and depends on the effectiveness of therapy.
How to choose a laxative for an infant?
The positive effect of the "Dufalac" for children is confirmed by many parents. Prebiotics maintain and improve the intestinal microflora, stimulating it to mild work and emptying. The child's doctor prescribes the dose of the drug, taking into account the age and weight of the child. Daily intake of drugs for children under 1 year should not exceed 5 ml.
Before use, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with the contraindications to the use of Dufalac. For newborns, the instruction of this laxative recommends starting treatment with 1 ml of a single dose and gradually increasing to 5 ml if the stool does not return to normal within a few days. To normalize the natural process of defecation, you must complete a complete course, without interruptions, for 21 days.
The drug can be replaced with a more affordable analog."Lactulose"( price about 100 rubles.) Has the same effect and is absolutely safe for babies. It is produced in the form of a syrup and a powder for the preparation of a suspension. Laxative helps to save the baby from pain in the abdomen, and parents - from sleepless nights. The dosage is the same as for the Dutch drug "Dufalac", the price of which is 250-300 rub.
"Dufalac" during pregnancy and lactation
Almost every woman faced the problem of constipation in the period of bearing a child. Difficulties in emptying the intestines are caused by hormonal changes, eating habits and the duration of pregnancy. Since the middle of the second trimester, many future mothers are treated with symptoms of constipation to the doctor. In addition to discomfort in the abdomen, there is a danger of the uterus entering into tone. Therefore, it is necessary to restore a regular chair as soon as possible. With medicines at this time have to be especially careful not to harm the health of the fetus.
Lactulose-based agents, such as Dufalac, are considered safe. Analogues are also quite acceptable, and sometimes even more effective. During pregnancy and lactation, despite the disappearance of the symptoms of constipation, the course is complete, so that the intestinal microflora is back to normal. Dosage is calculated by a gynecologist( 15-45 ml).
Contraindications and side effects
Taking laxative preparations containing lactulose is prohibited for people with acute intestinal obstruction or hypersensitivity to the main component. Infants with congenital intolerance to galactose and lactase deficiency are strongly advised not to give Dufalac and similar remedies.
Adverse events can occur with a background of abuse, individual intolerance or an incorrect dosage of a laxative. The following reactions are noted:
- Diarrhea. Attacks of nausea and vomiting.
- Severe pain in the abdomen.
- Flatulence and sensation of bloating.
- Violation of the physiological reflex of emptying( especially in newborns).
- Cardiac arrhythmia.
If these symptoms are identified, seek medical attention and discontinue treatment with Dufalac. How to take it in the future - the doctor will decide, but, most likely, another drug will be chosen.
Reviews about laxative "Dufalac"
More responses about Dufalac are positive. Peristalsis of the intestine is activated after the first dose. For infants and young children, this is one of the best drugs that promotes defecation and is not addictive. A laxative should be prescribed by a doctor who will decide the course of therapy. Unfortunately, Dufalac can not always be afforded due to its high cost. There are medicines with a similar effect, but at a more affordable price.
Dufalac: popular analogues
When it is necessary to take a laxative on an ongoing basis, it is important to choose an effective drug at an affordable price. For many people, the Dufalac is suitable for solving the problem. Analogues of the drug are also well proven. These are "Normalact", "Portolak", "Normase", "Lactulose".Laxatives for "excellent" cope with the main task and are cheaper( except for the Italian "Normaz").
The most accessible analog is "Lactulose".The price and quality of the drug allows you to use it for the doctor's prescription permanently. The agent not only stimulates emptying, but also does not allow the development of pathogenic bacteria( salmonella).Dosage of the drug completely coincides with other osmotic means of this category. Individual intolerance of this medication is possible. In this case, it is replaced by another.
Normate: how to take it?
Another version of lactulose, only Italian-made. Newborns are often appointed precisely "Normaz".The instruction says that the remedy is not addictive, but it is undesirable to use it on an ongoing basis. The intestinal microflora is not yet sufficiently formed in infants, so constipation attacks can occur.
In order to save the child from pain, it is enough to give 5 ml of syrup before feeding. It is advisable to do this in the morning to observe the reaction during the day. By analogy with the "Dufalac" or "Normalact", the dose can be reduced to 1 ml for children less than 1 year old. The composition "Normase" includes a fragrance, thanks to which the children are happy to take the medicine.
There is practically no difference in the price between the drug "Normase" and "Dufalac", but if for any reason one of them does not fit, you can try another remedy, having consulted your doctor.
Prevention of constipation
Emptying the bowel is difficult if the food is far from healthy. It is necessary to abandon the harmful food: fatty, roast, smoked, floury. In a diet, a person suffering from constipation should have more fermented milk products( kefir, yoghurt, leaven) that promote the development of normal intestinal microflora and trigger peristalsis. Another important point is the drinking regime. Normally a day should drink 1.5-2 liters of water. A sedentary lifestyle also contributes to the development of constipation. There are special physical exercises to normalize the natural emptying.
Preventing the development of constipation in a newborn is breastfeeding. With the milk of the mother, the child receives the necessary beneficial bacteria, and there are no problems with emptying. The first difficulties can appear only with the introduction of the first complementary foods. It is necessary to consult with the pediatrician about the permitted products. If the cause of constipation in a baby is caused by a dysbacteriosis, then the doctors prescribe a laxative "Dufalac"( analogues also prescribe) with a prebiotic.