Lansoprazole: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT LANSOPRAZOLE
LANSOPRAZOLE belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors. LANSOPRAZOLE used for healing ulcers in the stomach or duodenum (gut), healing and preventing ulcers caused by medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs).
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It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR LANSOPRAZOLE
• Take LANSOPRAZOLE at least 45-30 mins before meals particularly for the medicine to work effectively.
• Taking LANSOPRAZOLE in the morning will effectively reduce stomach acid production for a long duration in the day.
• LANSOPRAZOLE is not advisable for children until and unless prescribed by a child specialist.
• If you do not get relief from your symptoms within 10-15 days of taking LANSOPRAZOLE discuss with your doctor, there may be some other underlying medical condition which needs to be investigated.
• Check for blood in stool, incase you experience occult blood (blood in stool), then inform your doctor instantly and stop taking LANSOPRAZOLE.
• For people taking LANSOPRAZOLE for a long time you are advised to keep a check on your calcium levels. Taking LANSOPRAZOLE for a long time leads to depletion of calcium and magnesium resulting in brittle and weak bones.
• Check with your doctor once and take additional vitamin and mineral supplements along with LANSOPRAZOLE treatment such as calcium, vitamin D and other essential minerals.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. How does LANSOPRAZOLE works?
A. LANSOPRAZOLE works by acting on proton pumps which are present on cells that line the stomach. LANSOPRAZOLE inhibit proton pumps action, this helps in reducing the production of stomach acid.
Q. Does LANSOPRAZOLE helps in treating Zollinger-Ellison syndrome?
A. Yes, LANSOPRAZOLE helps in treating Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (overproduction of gastric acid by underlying condition resulting in recurrent peptic ulcers). However, do not self-diagnose and medicate. Seek medical advice.
Q. Why LANSOPRAZOLE used along with painkillers? (drugs used in treatment of arthritis, also used as pain relivers)?
A. Your doctor may prescribe you LANSOPRAZOLE with NSAIDs (drugs used in treatment of arthritis, also used as pain relivers). This is because NSAIDs can damage the gastroduodenal mucosa by their mechanism, this leads to ulcer formation. To treat this ulcer (NSAIDs-induced ulcer) LANSOPRAZOLE may be prescribed by your doctor.
Q. Does taking LANSOPRAZOLE causes weight gain?
A. Yes, one can experience weight gain while consuming LANSOPRAZOLE. You may need to follow proper diet and exercise while taking LANSOPRAZOLE. In case of extreme weight gain and muscle mass discuss with your doctor without any delay.
Q. Can I take LANSOPRAZOLE for heartburn and acid regurgitation?
A. LANSOPRAZOLE helps in treatment of heartburn and acid regurgitation. Your doctor may prescribe you LANSOPRAZOLE for treatment of heartburn and acid regurgitation
Q. Can I take Gaviscon while taking LANSOPRAZOLE?
A. No, you are advised not take LANSOPRAZOLE at the same time as antacids (e.g. Gaviscon). You may have to leave at least 2 hours gap between different medications as advised by your doctor.
Q. Why LANSOPRAZOLE should be taken on empty stomach?
A. Your doctor may advice you to take LANSOPRAZOLE on empty stomach since LANSOPRAZOLE provides most optimal benefits when taken in the morning on an empty stomach.
Q. Does LANSOPRAZOLE make you feel tired?
A. Yes, one can feel tired while consuming LANSOPRAZOLE. So, you are advised to take rest while taking LANSOPRAZOLE if you experience this problem.
Q. Can I take other medicines at the same time with LANSOPRAZOLE?
A. Some medicines may reduce the effect of LANSOPRAZOLE or interact with LANSOPRAZOLE or cause serious side-effects when given both at same time such as atazanavir, ketoconazole, digoxin, tacrolimus, fluvoxamine, antacids, sucralfate, St John´s wort. So, always inform and check with your doctor before taking LANSOPRAZOLE with other medications.
Q. What is Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD), how does LANSOPRAZOLE helps in treating it?
A. Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common condition where acid from the stomach leaks up into the oesophagus. GORD occurs when the ring of muscle at the bottom of the oesophagus becomes weak. GORD causes symptoms such as an unpleasant taste in the back of the mouth and heartburn. GORD can be controlled with self-help measures and medication. LANSOPRAZOLE works by inhibiting proton pumps action which helps in reducing the production of stomach acid. This helps in reducing the symptoms of heartburn and reflux.
Q. Can LANSOPRAZOLE cause noncancerous polyps in the stomach?
A. Yes, you are advised to take LANSOPRAZOLE as prescribed by your doctor since long-term use of LANSOPRAZOLE may cause growth of noncancerous polyps in the stomach. You may also need to undergo endoscopic procedures as instructed by your doctor for visualization of GI tract if taken long-term.
Q. Can I stop LANSOPRAZOLE on my own?
A. No, you are advised to take LANSOPRAZOLE as long as your doctor has asked you to take it. This is because LANSOPRAZOLE when stopped suddenly could make your stomach produce more acid and make your symptoms come back. Take it for the total duration prescribed.
Q. How to store LANSOPRAZOLE?
A. Store LANSOPRAZOLE below 30ºC. Keep LANSOPRAZOLE out of the sight and reach of children. Store in the original package.