The father of all Lactase products. They make chewable pills and drops, as well as lactose-reduced milk products. The chewable pills are pretty tasteless, but sometimes a bit hard on the first chew; the chewable pills can be swallowed whole if you prefer. Lactaid-brand products may be pricey compared to store- brand alternatives. I bought a pack of 60 for $6.79. The Lactaid Ultra pills are a bit more expensive, but they also seem to work a lot better. I usually take 2 to 3 pills for an average serving of dairy.
The issue is that you have to take these products every single time you want to eat dairy. I’ve learned that as you take these pills your body overtime gets immune to them. So, I’ve heard some people take upwards of 6 to 10 pills just to have a slice of pizza. Also, most people seem to get relief about 70% of the time-meaning even if you take the pills they might now work. The good news is that these pills are fairly inexpensive. I’ve found that Costco has the cheapest brand, but I would go for the Lactaid Ultra brand (they seem to work better and are stronger then the generic brand versions).
Contact info: 1-800-LACTAID or go to www.Lactaid.com
McNeil Consumer Products Co.
Division of McNeil-PPC Inc.
Ft. Washington, PA 19034
Generic Lactase Suppelement Brands:
Every supermarket or drug store seems to have a private labeled “lactase supplement” you can buy.
Most of these basic supplements will work similar to Lactaid. Costco seems to have the cheapest brand.
Harrisburg, PA 17105
Rite-Aid store brand pills, but I’ve seen them in other stores too. 3000 FCC Lactase Units, $5.99 for a box of 60 in Rite-Aid, $8.50/60 in a supermarket. Chewable pills, pretty big and round, and they don’t taste too chalky. The only problem I’ve had with these pills is a side-effect: if I chew a pill and follow it with a drink of Coca-Cola, the “crumbs” of chewed pill still in my mouth fizz up. Yuck.
Laurie Sedlmayr tells me that Dairy-Ease makes drops. She puts 30 drops in a half-gallon of milk, and lets it sit for 24 hours, and her intolerant child can drink it.
Contains lactase enzyme, dibasic calcium phosphate, mannitol, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate. Some people tell me that they are sensitive to mannitol.
Nature’s Way Lactase Enzyme
Nature’s Way Products, Inc.
10 Mountain Springs Parkway
Springville, UT 84663
These were a gift from my father, which I believe he ordered in bulk, so I don’t have a price on them. 3450 FCC Lactase Units, in a large (in my opinion) swallow pill. I find them too large to swallow easily, but I don’t swallow pills well. When I used them, I never took more than two for meals that weren’t excessive (milk, ice cream) and never had a problem.
Contains lactase enzyme, neutral maltodextrin.
CVS regular strength lactase enzyme caplets
Woonsocket, RI 02895
3000 FCC Lactase Units, in a small chewable pill. $10 for 120 pills. The instructions say to take 3, then adjust up or down. I almost never take 3 pills that big. The bottle has a child-proof cap, and I’ve been unable to pry it out. A bit difficult to open.
Contains destrose, magnesium stearate, mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium citrate.
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