Lansoprazole is primarily used as a short-term treatment (up to 4 weeks) for healing and symptom relief of active duodenal ulcers (should not be used for maintenance therapy of duodenal ulcers). It is also used as part of a multiple-drug regimen for H. pylori eradication.
This medicine belongs to a class of medicines called proton pump inhibitors which work by decreasing acid production in the stomach. It effectively controls the pH of stomach secretions and acts as an alternative to intravenous pantoprazole in those who cannot swallow solid-dose formulations.
Lansoprazole is also prescribed as a short-term treatment of symptomatic GERD; up to 8 weeks of treatment for all grades of erosive esophagitis (8 additional weeks can be given for incompletely healed oesophagal erosions or for recurrence).
Lansoprazole is also prescribed for the long-term treatment of pathological hypersecretory conditions, including Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. It is also used to treat frequent heartburns happening 2 or more times a week.
Some side effects of taking Lansoprazole include nausea, stomach pain, diarrhoea, constipation, and headache. Stop the medication and consult your doctor immediately if you experience any any serious side effects like seizure, kidney problems or symptoms of low magnesium in body. Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions before taking the medication :
- Liver disease
- Low magnesium level in your blood
- Low bone mineral density
- Trouble with swallowing
- Bloody or black stools or vomit.
- Unexplained loss of weight
- Metabolic disorder
- Pregnant or breast-feeding a baby
Over the counter Lansoprazole should not be given to anyone who is 18 years of age or younger. Initial recommended dose is 30mg, taken orally once daily for 8 weeks. Maintenance dose for Lansoprazole is 15mg, taken once a day. Dosage may differ from person to person depending on their medical condition.
The most common use of this medication is:
Helicobacter Pylori Infection
Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (Gerd)
How long is the duration of effect?The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 24 hours.
What is the onset of action?The effect of this medicine can be observed within 1-3 hours of oral administration.
Are there any pregnancy warnings?This medicine can be used by pregnant women only when necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks involved. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Is it habit forming?No habit forming tendencies were reported.
Are there any breast-feeding warnings?This medicine is not recommended for use by breastfeeding women as it may cause some harm to the infant. However, if it is absolutely necessary to use this medicine, then breastfeeding should be discontinued. Consult your doctor before taking this medicine.
Is It safe with alcohol?Caution is advised, if alcohol is consumed along with this medication.
Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?This medicine affect the consciousness of the patient. Thus it is advised to avoid driving while taking it.
Does this affect kidney function?This medicine is found to be safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Adjustment of dose is not needed.
Does this affect liver function?Caution must be taken in patients with severe hepatic disease. Adjustment of dose is needed. Kindly consult your doctor before taking it.
Missed Dose instructionsTake the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next scheduled dose then the missed dose should be skipped.
Overdose instructionsContact your doctor immediately if an overdose is suspected. Symptoms may include confusion, stomach pain, severe diarrhea, dry mouth, nausea, and headache.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Lansoprazole as ingredient
This medication belongs to the class of proton pump inhibitor drug and binds to H+/K+-exchanging ATPase in gastric parietal cells, resulting in blockage of acid secretion.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.
Interaction with Alcohol
Interaction with Lab Test
Interaction with Medicine
ClopidogrelReport the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. Your doctor may prescribe a safer alternative for reducing the stomach acidity while you are being treated with Clopidogrel.
KetoconazoleThis medicine should be used with Ketoconazole or other antifungals of the same group with caution. Inform the doctor about the usage of either of these medications so that safer alternatives can be prescribed.
MethotrexateLansoprazole should not be used with Methotrexate. Use of either of the drugs should be reported to the doctor so that safer substitute could be prescribed.
WarfarinUsage of Lansoprazole with Warfarin should be strictly monitored by the doctor. Suitable adjustment in dosage and monitoring of Prothrombin time is necessary to ensure safety. Any symptoms like unusual bleeding, swelling, vomiting, presence of blood in urine should be reported immediately.
NelfinavirThis medicine is not recommended for use when the patient is already taking anti-viral medications like Nelfinavir or other drugs used in the management of HIV Infection.
DigoxinThis medicine should be used with caution if the patient is on Digoxin. Prior usage of any of these drugs should be informed to the doctor. Any symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, disturbances in vision, and abnormalities in heartbeat should be reported immediately.
Interaction with Disease
OsteoporosisSuitable adjustment in dosage and duration should be made for patients who are at risk for Osteoporosis related fracture. Established treatment guidelines should be strictly followed in such cases.
HypomagnesemiaReport any incidence of magnesium level imbalance in the body to the doctor. The imbalance could occur due to a disease or due to other medication used by the patient. Regular monitoring is recommended for patients taking Lansoprazole in such cases.
Interaction with Food
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