Lansoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. It reduces the amount of acid secretion in the stomach.

  • It is commonly used for 
    • Stomach ulcers 
    • Gastritis 
    • Indigestion 
    • Heartburn and acid reflux  in gastro-oesophageal reflux disease  (GORD)
  • rarely used in 
    • Gastrinoma: Gastric acid secretory tumour in the stomach 
    • Zollinger Ellison syndrome: which is a tumour occurred in the gut, pancreas.

Available forms of Lansoprazole

  • Oral tablets 
  • Oral capsule 
  • Oral powder for suspension

The usual dosage for an adult

Stomach ulcers15mg to 30 mg per day
In digestion15mg to 30mg per day
Acid reflux15mg to 30mg per day
Zollinger ellison syndrome60mg per day
can increased up to 120mg per day

Dose reduction is needed in renal  problems, liver problems, elderly patients and children

When to take

Lansoprazole is usually prescribed once a day. It works best If you take it 30 minutes before a meal.
It can take with painkillers eg: Paracetamol, Ibuprofen

Side effects of Lansoprazole

Most patients who take lansoprazole do not have any side effects. Usually it is given rise to mild side effects and will go away when you stop taking the drug.

  • Common  Side effects are 
    • Gastrointestinal disturbances such as Diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, dry mouth
  • Headache 
  • Skin rash 

However  Serious side effects are very rare.  But serious allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) may occur.

If you get an itchy skin rash, swelling of lips, severe stomach-ache, consult your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Lansoprazole should use with caution if you
    • have a past history of  Allergic reactions for any drug.
    • have liver or renal disease.
    • are due to have an endoscopy (Lansoprazole usually stops 2 weeks before an endoscopy).

Pregnancy and breastfeeding  

Lansoprazole usually stops during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The effects on breastfeeding and pregnancy are not still established. However, Omeprazole which is a drug similar to Lansoprazole can be used in breastfeeding.  But it should not use during pregnancy.

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