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- Helps heal acid damage to the stomach
- Prevents pain and discomfort
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Stomach pain caused by ulcers or too much acid production can be distressing and it prevents one from performing daily tasks. This is where the drug Lansoprazole comes in handy.
What is Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole is a generic medication that belongs to the class of drugs called proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that treats stomach problems due to the severe production of acid. It is formulated with a combination of amoxicillin, an antibiotic, and Clarithromycin, an anti-ulcer medicine that kills the growth of bacteria in the stomach, hence, indicated to treat patients with Helicobacter pylori infection and duodenal ulcer.
Lansoprazole is a prescription drug and the generic brand for Prevacid, Prevacid Solu Tab, and Prevacid 24HR. It is available in both tablet and capsule form and administered through oral intake. The over-the-counter version of Lansoprazole is known to treat heartburn. This product was developed in 1984 by Takeda Pharmaceutical Company and released to the public for medical use in 1992. Since then, it has been prescribed for the treatment of ulcers, esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It is also taken for the treatment of a rare disease called Zollinger-Ellison syndrome which is caused by a tumor in the pancreas.
How does Lansoprazole work?
Lansoprazole belongs to a class of drugs called proton pump inhibitors, which act as the acid-reducer in the stomach. By blocking the wall of the stomach, the stomach releases less acid allowing the internal organs to heal and function normally. Hence, use to treat indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcer.
Who can and can’t take lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole is prescribed safe for adults and children. However, it is not suitable for all patients with the existing medical condition including:
- Patients with an allergic reaction to lansoprazole.
- Patients with liver problems.
- Patients who will take endoscopy examination.
Patients may ask advice from their doctor if they can stop rest taking lansoprazole for a few weeks before the endoscopy procedure. Lansoprazole may interfere in spotting medical problems during endoscopy and might cause false test results. Lansoprazole is not prescribed during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
How do I use Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole is prescribed for oral intake about 30 minutes before taking a meal. Swallow the whole tablet/capsule with water. Don’t cut or crush it. If you have difficulty swallowing the capsule, you may open the content and mix it with fruits or a spoonful of yogurt. Swallow it right away and don’t prepare it ahead for later use.
Regular intake of medicine will provide the patient the maximum benefit of this product. It is important that you do not miss your dose. It would help you to set a recurring alarm for reminders. However, if you miss your dose, you can take it as soon as you remember. But if it’s too close to the next hour of your intake, just skip the missed dose and do not catch up by taking a double dose. Instead, take your dose on your next regular schedule.
Your symptoms should improve after taking Lansoprazole regularly.
What is the proper dosage for Lansoprazole?
Several factors are considered for the basis of dosages, drug form, frequency, and duration of medication. This will be applied in the doctor’s evaluation of the patient’s status such as:
- your age
- the condition being treated
- the severity of your condition
- other existing medical conditions
- how you react to the first dose
For an adult with Erosive Esophagitis:
- 15mg – prescribed for maintenance once every day.
- 30mg – prescribed for treatment. Taken once every day for 2 months.
If symptoms continue after 2 months, another 2 months may be considered. However, patients should consult with their doctor being continuing on medicine.
For an adult with Duodenal Ulcers:
- 15mg – prescribed for maintenance once every day. It should not extend beyond 12 months.
- 30mg – prescribed for treatment. Taken once every day for 1 month.
For an adult with Duodenal Ulcer Prophylaxis:
- 15mg – prescribed for maintenance once every day for 1 month.
For an adult with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease:
- 15mg – prescribed for the treatment for 14 days (Over-the Counter formulation); 2 months (for prescription formulation).
For an adult with Gastric Ulcer:
- 30mg – prescribed for treatment once every day for 2months.
For an adult with Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome:
- 60mg – prescribed for initial treatment once every day.
- 60mg to 180mg – prescribed for maintenance; A daily dose higher than 120 mg should be given as divided doses.
For an adult with Helicobacter Pylori Infection:
- 30mg – prescribed for triple therapy taken twice every day for 10 to 14 days; This is usually taken with amoxicillin and clarithromycin.
Over-the-counter (OTC) product: 15 mg orally once/day for 14 days; may repeat every 4 months
What are the side effects of Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole, like other drugs, has side effects. Patients may experience some common to serious side effects during medication. If these side effects persist and cause discomfort, consult a doctor for proper treatment.
Side effects of lansoprazole include:
- Abdominal or stomach pain
Less common side effects of lansoprazole include:
- Chest pain (angina)
- Swelling (edema)
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth
- Cramping rectal pain/feeling the urge to defecate
- Gas (flatulence)
- Black, “tarry” feces
- Muscle pain
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Allergic reaction
Serious side effects of lansoprazole include:
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Muscle cramps or weakness
- Jerky muscle movements
- Feeling jittery
How does Lansoprazole contradict with other drugs?
Lansoprazole may interact with other drugs and increase your risk for serious side effects. Although this is not a complete list of those drugs, this should make you aware and remind you to share the information with your doctor for proper advice.
These drugs include:
- Methotrexate (especially high-dose treatment)
- Azole antifungals (e.g. Itraconazole, Ketoconazole, Posaconazole)
How do I buy Lansoprazole online?
Many online pharmacy stores allow you to purchase Lansoprazole as long as you have the necessary prescription signed by a doctor. Find a legitimate online drugstore that you can trust. Typically, this online pharmacy would ask you to complete a brief assessment to ensure that you receive the appropriate medicine for your condition. Once they review and approved the assessment, you may place your order and received your medicine at your doorstep.
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