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What is Lansoprazole?

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 (GERD). GERD is a situation in the stomach that involves acid reflux and goes back up into the esophagus.

Lansoprazole is a form of PPI or Proton Pump Inhibitor, and works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.

Lansoprazole is under the drug classification proton pump inhibitors. The main objective of this medication is to reduce the level of stomach produced. Some of the ailments that this medication aims to treat are erosive esophagitis which are esophageal damages caused by excess acid and intestinal ulcers. Aside from these two, Lansoprazole is used to treat conditions like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

People who experience heartburns more than two times per week may take over-the-counter Lansoprazole to treat it.  But this medication does not provide instant remedy for heartburn cases. It takes a while before the full strength of the medication is felt.

The main mistake that people make when suffering from heartburn is they think that a heart attack is coming. The best thing to do is to seek professional medical attention when this happens. It is important that the person involved goes to a hospital or doctor when symptoms like chest pains appears. Other symptoms to look out for are the extension of the pain to the arms and shoulders, feeling feverish, excessive sweating, and nausea.

For patients suffering from low magnesium levels and ailments of the liver, it is advised that they first consult their doctors about taking Lansoprazole.

Combined Treatment

At times, there is a need for a patient to take antibiotics in combination with Lansoprazole. A doctor’s prescription should be followed strictly if the patient needs to do this. Both medications have a user’s guide that patients must read before they take the first pill.  Patients must strictly observe the doctor’s prescription instructions in taking the combined medication.

Some patients need to take the medication in combination with Sucralfate. Doctor’s usually allow this provided that these two are taken at a half-hour interval. Lansoprazole should be taken first. The reason for this is that taking them at the same will make it hard for the body to absorb the Lansoprazole.

Patients must take the full prescription of Lansoprazole to aging the most benefits. Even if the patient starts to feel better before the prescribed length of the treatment is over, he still needs to complete it. The prescription should take a maximum of 2 weeks on a once per day dosage. In some cases, the positive effects of the medication start to show only after the fourth day of treatment.

A four-month break between treatments is necessary. If symptoms persist during these four months, a visit to the doctor is a must.

Breastfeeding and Pregnancy warning

The use of this medication on pregnant and lactating women is not advised. There are no sufficient and conclusive data that show their safety and the safety of the child they are carrying or breastfeeding.

The common side effects of Lansoprazole are the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Joint pain
  • Abnormal appetite
  • Rashes
  • Itchiness
  • Diarrhea

The severe side effects of Lansoprazole are the following:

  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding of the rectum
  • Pain of muscles
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Extensive coughing
  • Constipation
  • Cold Symptoms
  • Influenza
  • Anxiousness

Patients suffering from any severe side effects must seek treatment from their doctors immediately.

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