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Do medications contain lactose?

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Lactose is found in more than 20% of prescription drugs and in some over-the-counter medicines. Birth control pills may contain lactose. Even things lactose-intolerant people may take for relief, such as tablets to reduce stomach acid and gas, can contain lactose. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if a medicine has lactose before you take it.

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Lactose Intolerance."

WebMD Medical Reference: “Lactose Intolerance – Topic Overview.”

Adolfsson, O., , August 2004. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

WebMD Medical Reference: “Lactose Intolerance: Home Treatment.”

MedicineNet.com: “Lactose Intolerance.”  

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 13, 2018

SOURCES:

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: “Lactose Intolerance."

WebMD Medical Reference: “Lactose Intolerance – Topic Overview.”

Adolfsson, O., , August 2004. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

WebMD Medical Reference: “Lactose Intolerance: Home Treatment.”

MedicineNet.com: “Lactose Intolerance.”  

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on June 13, 2018

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