People use lactase for lactose intolerance. They also use it for excessive crying in infants (colic) and growth and development in preterm infants, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Excessive crying in infants (colic). Early research suggests that adding lactase to formula or breastmilk might decrease the amount of time that a baby with colic cries.
- Growth and development in premature infants. Early research shows that adding lactase to formula or breastmilk does not increase weight gain in preterm infants.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Lactase is LIKELY SAFE when used appropriately with lactose-containing foods.
Children: Lactase is LIKELY SAFE when used appropriately with lactose-containing foods.
Allergies: Exposure to lactase might cause allergic reactions in some people.
We currently have no information for LACTASE overview.
- For inability to properly digest the sugar lactose (lactose intolerance): 6000-9000 international units (IU) of lactase as chewable tablets has been taken at the start of a meal that contains lactose. 2000 IU of a solution, added to 500 mL of milk immediately before drinking, has also been used. 13,500 food chemical codex (FCC) units of lactase 5 minutes before a meal that contains lactose has also been used.
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