The lansoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor drug (Proton Pump Inhibitor, PPI), used to counteract gastric acidity. It is normally used in the therapy of gastritis and of duodenitis, of the disease from reflux gastro-esophageal (GERD), in the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcer, and in gastric protection in patients who are taking chronic anti-inflammatory therapy (for example acetyl salicylic acid, or aspirinette). It is also used, for short periods, in association with antibiotic therapy in the eradicating treatment for H.pylori, a bacterium that colonizes the stomach, with symptoms and even significant consequences.
Lansoprazole is a relatively safe active ingredient with few side effects, and is available as a generic drug or under the trade name of Lansox. Other acid inhibitor drugs of the same family as lansoprazole are omeprazole, pantoprazole, and esomeprazole.
What is Lansoprazole and what is it used for?
- treatment of ulcers in the stomach or duodenum
- Treatment or prevention of inflammation in the esophagus. This disease is called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Treatment of an infection caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, together with antibiotics suitable for the treatment of stomach or duodenal ulcers (eradication therapy)
- Relief of the unpleasant symptoms often associated with these conditions,
- Preventing these conditions from recurring.
- Treatment or prevention of stomach or duodenal ulcer in patients who require continuous treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, used for pain or inflammation).
- Treatment of acid regurgitation.
What you need to know before taking Lansoprazole?
- if you are allergic to lansoprazole or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
- if you are taking a medicine containing the active substance atazanavir (used in the treatment of HIV).
Warnings and Precautions
- if you suffer from liver problems. Your doctor may need to adjust the dosage.
- treatment with lansoprazole may slightly increase the risk of gastrointestinal infections such as those caused by Salmonella and Campylobacter, contact your doctor immediately if you experience diarrhea while taking Lansoprazole.
- if your doctor has prescribed Lansoprazole as an addition to other medicines to treat Helicobacter pylori infection (antibiotics) or together with anti-inflammatory medicines to treat pain or rheumatic diseases: please also read the package leaflet of these medicines carefully .
- if you are about to have surgery and anesthesia (including dental work). Tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking Lansoprazole.
- if you take lansoprazole for a long time (more than 1 year), your doctor will probably ask you to see you regularly so that they can check you. Tell your doctor if you notice any symptoms affecting your vision or if any of your symptoms get worse.
- if you have ever had a skin reaction after treatment with a medicine similar to Lansoprazole that reduces stomach acid. If you notice skin rash, especially in areas exposed to sunlight, contact your doctor as soon as possible, as it may be necessary to stop taking Lansoprazole. Remember to also mention any other side effects such as joint pain.
Other medicines and Lansoprazole
- theophylline, which is sometimes used to treat asthma
- antacids used for heartburn or acid regurgitation
- sucralfate which is used to heal ulcers
- fluvoxamine, which is sometimes used to treat depression
- St. John's wort (Hypericum perforated), which is sometimes used to treat mild depression
- ketoconazole is itraconazole, which are used to treat fungal infections
- rifampicin, which is used to treat infections
- digoxin, which is used to treat heart problems
- protease inhibitors, which are used to treat viral infections
- macrolides, which are used to treat bacterial infections
- tacrolimus, which is used to control the body's immune response after organ transplantation.
Lansoprazole with food and drink
Pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility
Driving and using machines
Does Lansoprazole contain sucrose?
How to take lansoprazole
Treatment of stomach ulcers
Treatment of inflammation of the esophagus (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)
Long-term prevention of reflux oesophagitis
Treatment of stomach or duodenal ulcers caused by NSAIDs
Treatment of heartburn and acid regurgitation
Zolliger Ellison syndrome is a condition in which your stomach produces too much acid. The usual starting dose is 2 capsules of 30 mg per day. Your doctor may then adjust the dose based on your response to the dose your doctor thinks is most suitable.