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).
Lansoprazole 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 lansoprazole 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.
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 lansoprazole with other over-the-counter medicines that you may be taking as they could cause interactions.
Common side-effects of lansoprazole include:
You can find the patient information leaflet here.