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- Information leaflet
- What is Lansoprazole Tablets
- How effective is Lansoprazole?
- Can I buy Lansoprazole online?
- What dose should I choose?
- How should I take Lansoprazole?
- How does Lansoprazole work?
- How long should I take Lansoprazole before I notice a difference?
- What are the side effects of Lansoprazole?
- When Shouldn't I Take Lansoprazole?
- What is the difference between Lansoprazole and Nexium/Protonix?
What is Lansoprazole Tablets
Lansoprazole is a conventional medication used to avoid and treat indigestion, heartburn, stomach ulcers and erosive oesophagitis. It comes in the shape of tablets and capsules, containing lansoprasole as the active ingredient.
How effective is Lansoprazole?
As a proton pump inhibitor drug, lansoprazole is effective in managing heartburn, abdominal pain, and other types of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Usually, the drug takes effect after 2 to 3 days of consumption, but can also take up to a month, depending on one's dosage. When taken in combination of certain drugs such as sucralfate or rifampin, lansoprazole effectiveness reduces. As such, it is advised to consult your doctor or pharmacist before beginning treatment.
Can I buy Lansoprazole online?
Ideally, lansoprazole requires a prescription, especially when taken to treat complex gut diseases such as intestinal ulcers and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. As such, be sure to book an appointment with a health expert at Click Pharmacy, to discuss the appropriate usage of this drug.
Nonetheless, over-the-counter lansoprazole for treating occasional heartburns can be conveniently bought from a trusted online pharmacy. It is purchased in packs that are sent directly to you by Next Day Delivery.
What dose should I choose?
A single pack of lansoprazole contains 28 capsules, each having 15 or 30 mg of the active ingredient lansoprazole.
The usual dosage for an adult is 15 mg taken daily for at least 4 weeks. Of course, this depends on the type of condition being treated.
How should I take Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole is taken orally, as delayed-release oral capsule or delayed-release orally disintegrating tablet. These two forms of lansoprazole are designed in a way such that they do not release medication until they pass through your stomach. While taking them, it is advised that you refrain from chewing or crushing the tablets/capsules.
In case you have any problem with swallowing the drug in whole, you can sprinkle the capsule's content on soft foods such as yoghurt or applesauce, ingest the mixture immediately, without chewing. Alternatively, you can stir the material in a small amount of water (2 ounces), and drink right away. Keep in mind that the mixture shouldn't be prepared ahead of time for later consumption, since doing so destroy's the potency of the drug.
Regardless of the patient's age, lansoprazole should be taken 30 minutes before a meal or snack. This is to allow the medication to be absorbed into the body system since food slows down the absorption. Again, how frequent the drug should be taken depends on the gastric condition being treated. The severe ones may require taking medicine twice a day, while the less-severe ones can be treated by a single dose daily. Also, if symptoms persist after 14 days of consumption, consider consulting a doctor.
How does Lansoprazole work?
Lansoprazole is falling under the proton pump inhibitors (PPI) class of drugs. Generally, these types of drugs are the most potent acid secretion inhibitors across all categories of drugs. Lansoprazole, like all PPIs, targets the cells responsible for secreting gastric acid and blocks them, resulting in reduced production of the acid.
During consumption, lansoprazole is in its inactive form, which is a neutrally charged state, thus can readily pass other cell membranes, and reach into the acidic intracellular membranes. The acidic environment activates the active ingredient benzimidazole, irreversibly deactivating the production of gastric acid.
How long should I take Lansoprazole before I notice a difference?
Depending on your illness, you may take lansoprazole for a few weeks, months or even years. During this period, some take the drug daily while others take once they start experiencing symptoms linked to excessive production of gastric acid. Nonetheless, symptoms should subsidize after 3 days of receiving the lansoprazole.
Once you feel better, the doctor may advise you to stop taking lansoprazole, concerning how well you've recovered. Note that if you are self-treating using over-the-counter lansoprazole, you shouldn't take the drug for more than 14 days, unless advised otherwise by a doctor.
What are the side effects of Lansoprazole?
While most patients are tolerant to lansoprazole, some may experience mild side effects such as headache, nausea, constipation and abdominal pain, which fade away with time. However, if these symptoms persist or become more severe, talk to your doctor.
Serious side effects that should warrant a visit to the doctor include:
Pain around the kidneys
Cutaneous lupus erythematosus symptoms such as red skin rashes, and scaly skin
Poor muscular coordination
Fast heart rate
In most cases, the above serious side effects are common among patients who have taken lansoprazole for periods exceeding 3 months, since it decreases the absorption of minerals and vitamins.
Should you experience any of these symptoms, don't hesitate to consult a health specialist at Click Pharmacy for immediate assistance.
When Shouldn't I Take Lansoprazole?
Although there hasn't been sufficient research showing the effect of lansoprazole on pregnant women, it is not recommended to take it anyway when expectant. Similarly, studies have not been done in nursing mom's taking lansoprazole, though it is known to cause side effects in a child who is breastfed.
Lansoprazole is, however strictly forbidden for people with liver problems or has had a history of liver disease. Such patients may not be able to detoxify their body of this drug. But still, the doctor prescribes a reduced dosage for this type of patients.
Since lansoprazole can lead to bone fractures, patients who have osteoporosis shouldn't take this drug as it can increase the risk of fractures even more.
What is the difference between Lansoprazole and Nexium/Protonix?
The above-mentioned drugs can be used to treat heartburn, stomach ulcers, and excessive secretion of gastric acid. However, lansoprazole contain lansoprazole as the active ingredient while Nexium and Protonix contain magnesium trihydrate and pantoprazole sodium, respectively as the active ingredient.
What are Lansoprazole Tablets used for?
Lansoprazole Tablets are used to reduce the amount of acid in your stomach. It is used to treat symptoms of indigestion and heartburn.
When should I take my dose of Lansoprazole Tablets?
You are usually advised to take Lansoprazole Tablets once a day first thing in the morning. However for severe cases you may need to take it twice a day.
What is the difference between Lansoprazole Tablets and Zoton FasTabs?
While both Lansoprazole and Zoton are effectively used to reduce stomach acid, the main difference is branding. Zoton is the branded version of Lansoprazole, making Lansoprazole a cheaper alternative.
Can children use Lansoprazole Tablets?
Lansoprazole Tablets can be taken by children, when prescribed by a doctor.
Who should not take Lansoprazole Tablets?
Although Lansoprazole Tablets are generally safe to be used, they are not suitable for everyone. You should not use Lansoprazole Tablets if you have any of the following:
- Problems with your liver
- Are due to have an endoscopy
- An allergy to any of the ingredients in Lansoprazole Tablets
Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Lansoprazole Tablets?
It is advised that pregnant and breastfeeding women refrain from using Lansoprazole Tablets. This is because the product has the potential to interfere with the baby, possibly causing harm.
Can I take Lansoprazole Tablets on an empty stomach?
It is advised to take Lansoprazole Tablets first thing in the morning, 30 minutes before consuming a meal or snack. This is because Lansoprazole Tablets can be slowed down in your body if food is present.
How long should I take Lansoprazole Tablets for?
People are often prescribed to take Lansoprazole Tablets for weeks. However it is advised to stop taking Lansoprazole Tablets once you feel better and symptoms have disappeared.
What if I forget to take my dose of Lansoprazole Tablets?
If you forget to take your dose of Lansoprazole Tablets, you should take them as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, you should skip the dose you just missed and continue like normal. You should never take two doses at once, even if you are making up for a missed dose.
Can I take Lansoprazole Tablets with other medication?
Although Lansoprazole Tablets are often safe to combine with most medications, there are a few you should not combine. You should not combine Lansoprazole Tablets with any of the following:
- Antifungal medicines
- Blood thinning medicines
- HIV medicines
Can I drink alcohol while taking Lansoprazole Tablets?
It is safe to drink small amounts of alcohol while taking Lansoprazole Tablets, however it is advised to refrain from drinking excessive amounts. This is because alcohol can make your stomach produce more acid rather than less.
It is expected to experience different side effects from using Lansoprazole Tablets. Common side effects and how to overcome them include:
- Headaches: drink plenty of fluids to ensure you are hydrated, take a painkiller and refrain from drinking alcohol.
- Feeling sick: eat simple and well balanced meals.
- Stomach aches: eat smaller meals more frequently.
- Constipation: increase your intake of fibre high foods, such as fruits, vegetables and cereals.
- Wind: avoid foods that cause wind such as lentils, beans and onions.
- Feeling dizzy: lie down and rest, do not drive or operate machinery.
- Diarrhoea: drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
Authored by Jana Abelovska
Last reviewed 20 April 2021
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