The facts about taking lansoprazole: Inside the pouch
Take a look inside the pouch at lansoprazole with the PillTime pharmacists. We’re answering 12 important questions you might have about taking lansoprazole.
What is lansoprazole used for?
Lansoprazole is commonly used drug for digestive issues. This drug helps regulate several common troubles, such as indigestion, acid reflux, heartburn and gastroesophageal-reflux-disease (GORD). Lansoprazole is also used for a rarer condition called Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.
How does lansoprazole work?
Lansoprazole belongs to a group of drugs called Proton-Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). Lansoprazole reduces the level of acid in the stomach. It does this by stopping the acid in its tracks. Acid is produced in cells on the stomach lining. These cells have proton-pumps, which secretes the acid into the stomach. PPIs prevent this secretion.
This will reduce the amount of acid in the stomach, which in turn relieves symptoms of indigestion. It also relieves heartburn by preventing the acid flow back to the oesophagus. So, no throat and chest pain.
How long does lansoprazole take to work?
Lansoprazole should relieve heartburn and indigestion straight away. For other conditions such as Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, you may see improvement in a few weeks. But, if you’re uncertain whether lansoprazole is effectively treating your issue, you should ask your GP for a review.
Is lansoprazole the right PPI for me?
There are several PPIs. Another common PPI is Omeprazole. You should speak to your doctor about which one would be best for you.
How do I get lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole is available on prescription. If you’re experiencing the issues listed above, you should consult your doctor. They will determine the best treatment for you. Lansoprazole comes in capsule or tablet form. You can also get lansoprazole in liquid form. This will be custom-made on a patient need basis.
Which pouch will my lansoprazole be in?
Lansoprazole may be prescribed for once or twice a day. If once a day, it will likely be in the morning. If twice a day, it will be in the morning and evening pouch.
What dosage will I have?
The NHS recommends that these are standard doses, though children, the elderly and those with liver problems should expect a reduced dosage.
Indigestion: 15mg to 30mg a day
Acid reflux disease: 15mg to 30mg a day
Stomach ulcers: 15mg to 30mg a day
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome: 60mg a day to 120mg a day
How do I take lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole is most effective when taken at least half an hour before food. That’s because food slows down the rate at which lansoprazole can get into your system.
Who can take lansoprazole?
Doctors may prescribe lansoprazole for adults or children. Like all medications, it’s not suitable for everyone. When you speak to your doctor, you should let them know of any of the following:
- Any allergic reactions to medication, not limited to lansoprazole.
- Liver problems you might have previously encountered, or currently have.
- If you have a planned endoscopy coming up. Lansoprazole can mask some problems that are normally picked up during an endoscopy. So, you should stop taking this drug a few weeks before.
Can I take lansoprazole if I’m pregnant?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, it’s not recommended to take this medication. Like with all medication or supplements, you should consult your doctor or midwife before taking lansoprazole.
Should I expect any side effects?
There are some common side effects of lansoprazole. These may affect more than 1 in 100 people. Any side effects should disappear after a few weeks. If any persist, speak to your GP.
- stomach pain
- feeling sick or vomiting
- itchy skin rashes
- dry mouth
- sore throat
- swelling in the feet or ankles.
Serious side-effects are rare, affecting less than 1 in 1000 people. If you experience any of the following when taking lansoprazole, you should consult your GP straight away:
- Joint pain that occurs alongside a red skin rash – particularly in areas exposed the sun (such as your arms, cheeks and nose). This can indicate a rare condition brought on weeks or even years after taking lansoprazole.
- Worsening stomach pain.
- Red, peeling or blistered skin. If you experience these side effects, beware of severe blisters and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals. These can indicate Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis.
- Diarrhoea that isn’t getting better.
Will lansoprazole interact with any of my other medications?
Some common drugs interact with lansoprazole. Check the NICE website for a full list of drug interactions, but common interactions include itraconazole, methotrexate and digoxin.
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