Lansoprazole is a common drug that is used to provide treatment when there is an excessive amount of acid in the stomach. This drug is designed to give remedy to gastric and duodenal ulcers, erosive esophagitis as well as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
Acid reflux, also known as indigestion, heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease is a very common condition which is characterised by a burning or gnawing pain, usually felt around the middle of the lower chest area. It's caused by acid escaping up into the esophagus from your stomach. Doctors would consider you to have acid reflux if you feel the symptoms of heartburn more than twice in a week.
While the lining of your stomach is adapted to protect it from the strong stomach acid, your esophagus is not. If the muscle which prevents acid leaking up from the stomach into your esophagus fails, the acid can irritate it causing pain, which is often felt just after having a meal.
There are a number of over the counter prescription medications which can help with the discomfort of acid reflux by reducing the amount of acid made in the stomach, such as Esomeprazole, Lansoprazole and Omeprazole, and you can find them here at UK Meds.
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It is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) used in the treatment of acid reflux, it works by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach. This helps in preventing ulcers from developing and helps reduce symptoms such as heartburn.
Do not take it if you are allergic to any ingredients included in the medicine. You can find the full list in the patient information leaflet. Inform your doctor if any of the following apply to you:
You should speak to your doctor if you are taking other medicines as there may be potential interactions. This includes medicine that you can buy without a prescription including herbal medicines.
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Use lansoprazole exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Lansoprazole is usually taken before eating. Prevacid OTC should be taken in the morning before you eat breakfast. Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure liquid medicine with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one. Do not crush, chew, break, or open a delayed-release capsule. Swallow it whole.
For those with difficulty swallowing, the capsule should be opened and the granular contents sprinkled on a tablespoon of apple sauce, ENSURE pudding, cottage cheese, yogurt or strained pears and swallowed immediately. Granules also may be mixed in two ounces (60 ml) of apple, orange or tomato juice and swallowed immediately. For patients with a nasogastic tube, mix the granules can be mixed in two ounces of apple juice and injected through the nasogastric tube.
Lansoprazole (Heartburn Relief 24 Hour, Heartburn Treatment 24 Hour, Prevacid 24HR, Prevacid, Prevacid SoluTab) is in a class of drugs called PPIs (proton pump inhibitors). Prevacid capsules are available over-the-counter. Other forms of lansoprazole are by prescription only. Lansoprazole is for the treatment of GERD, treating ulcers of the stomach and duodenum, and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Side effects, safety information, warnings and precautions and drug interactions should be reviewed prior to taking this medication.
It's usual to take lansoprazole once a day in the morning. For severe illness, you can take it twice a day - in the morning and in the evening. Common side effects include headache, diarrhoea and stomach pain. These tend to be mild and go away when you stop taking the medicine. Lansoprazole is called by the brand name Zoton FasTabs.
There are some food and drinks which may aggravate your stomach, alcohol and spicy foods for example. Try to avoid these whilst you are taking lansoprazole as well as eating large meals.
If you are a smoker, you are increasing the amount of acid that is produced by the stomach resulting in your symptoms becoming worse. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to quit, they may prescribe a treatment such as Champix.
Always check with your doctor or pharmacist that you can take it with other over-the-counter medicines that you may be taking as they could cause interactions. The most common prescription strength is lansoprazole 15mg. Buy it today from UK Meds.
Common side-effects include:
You can find the patient information leaflet here.