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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).

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UK Meds asked our favorite doctor, Dr. Christian Jessen, to explain Acid Reflux. Below is what he has to say.

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.

- Dr. Christian Jessen

The video and article above is for information purposes only. They are not intended to diagnose a condition or prescribe a medicine. If you have any specific concerns about your health, please consult your GP or use our online doctor's service. You can follow Dr. Christian Jessen online on his Twitter account.

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What is lansoprazole?

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.

Before taking:

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:

  • If you have previously had an allergic reaction to any other medicine.
  • If you have difficulty swallowing, vomiting or weight loss.
  • If you have any problems with your liver.
  • If you are trying to become pregnant, are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

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.

How do I take lansoprazole?

  • You should always take it exactly as your doctor has told you to.
  • Take your capsule at least 30 minutes before a meal with a glass of water.
  • Swallow the capsule whole, do not crush or chew.
  • Do not take remedies for indigestion within two hours before or after taking lansoprazole as it can interfere with the way your body absorbs it.
  • Do not take a double dose if you forget to take your dose. Take it when you remember unless it’s almost time for the next dose.

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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.

What is the dosage for lansoprazole?

  • For initial treatment of duodenal ulcers the recommended dose for adults is 15 mg daily for 4 weeks.
  • For the treatment of GERD, the recommended initial treatment is 15 mg for up to 8 weeks.
  • For maintaining healing (long-term) in duodenal ulcer and GERD the recommended treatment is 15 mg daily.
  • For initial treatment of severe (erosive) esophagitis and gastric ulcer, the recommended dose for adults is 30 mg daily for 4-8 weeks.
  • For the management of Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, the starting dose for adults is 60 mg daily, and the dose is adjusted based on response. Doses up to 180 mg have been used in some patients with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
  • Intravenous lansoprazole is approved for patients who are unable to take oral lansoprazole. The approved intravenous dose is 30 mg daily for up to 7 days.
  • It is recommended that capsules be taken before meals for maximum effect. Capsules should be swallowed whole and should not be crushed, split or chewed.

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.

Facts About Lansoprazole

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.

Who can and can't take lansoprazole

  • Lansoprazole can be taken by adults. It can also be taken by children when prescribed by a doctor.
  • Some lansoprazole capsules contain gelatin so they are not suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Some lansoprazole capsules contain small amounts of lactose, so they may be unsuitable for people with a digestive problem called lactose intolerance.
  • Lansoprazole isn't suitable for some people.

How do I store Lansoprazole?

  • Keep this medicine away and out of sight from children.
  • If the medicine has passed its expiry date stated, do not take it.
  • Avoid storing it at temperatures above 25°C.
  • Keep lansoprazole in the original packaging as this will protect the capsules from moisture.

Side-effects and precautions

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:

  • Headache – drink plenty of water, talk to your pharmacist regarding a painkiller if the headache persists.
  • Feeling tired/dizzy – Avoid driving or using tools or machines until you feel better.
  • Constipation – eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
  • Nausea/vomiting – Avoid spicy foods and alcohol.
  • Diarrhoea

Patient information

You can find the patient information leaflet here.