Posted 13 June 2012 - 08:24 PM
Lactulose definitely isn't the same as Milk of Magnesia! I have a book on IBS called Irritable Bowel Solutions and it actually recommends that doctors do NOT prescribe Lactulose for people with IBS as like the other posters said, it can give you awful wind and bloating. It's a good cure for constipation for people who are occasionally constipated and don't have IBS but not necessarily for those with IBS. A better laxative which you might want to ask about is Movicol - it works by drawing water into the stool but doesn't tend to cause the same problems with bloating as wind, or at least not the same extent. And although Movicol doesn't necessarily taste the best (it's a powder you mix with water or you can disguise the taste with squash etc) it's not as vile as Lactulose, which is disgustingly sweet and tastes like it would rot your teeth!BTW that book on IBS is a really good read, it's by a gastroenterologist called Prof John Hunter which you can buy on Amazon or I've even seen it in my local library!Hope some of that helps!