Lactase is an enzyme that helps your body digest lactose. You’ll find lactose in dairy foods like milk and cheese. The lactase supplement prevents bloating, diarrhea and gas caused by lactose intolerance. It comes in a capsule or tablet form.
LACTASE (LAK teys) treats lactose intolerance. It works by replacing an enzyme (lactase) normally made by the body. This helps your body break down the sugar found in milk products (lactose).
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Lac-Dose, Lactaid, Lactaid Fast Act, Lactrase
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Take this medication by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the package labeling, or take as directed by your care team. Take with the first bite of dairy food. Do not take this medication more often than directed.
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. While this medication may be prescribed for children as young as 4 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can during the meal. This medication will not treat symptoms once you have them.
Interactions are not expected.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
See your care team if your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse.
Herbal or dietary supplements are not regulated like medications. Rigid quality control standards are not required for dietary supplements. The purity and strength of these products can vary. The safety and effect of this dietary supplement for a certain disease or illness is not well known. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
The Food and Drug Administration suggests the following to help consumers protect themselves:
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature below 25 degrees C (77 degrees F). Do not refrigerate. Keep away from heat. Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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