Lansoprazole is a capsule used to treat heartburn and acid reflux. It is the generic version of Zoton, and is made by Actavis.
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This dose contains 15mg of lansoprazole, and may be issued as a starting dose for those with heartburn. It is taken as directed.
The higher dose of 30mg may be prescribed in cases where the lower dose has not sufficed in reducing symptoms. Take as specified by your doctor.
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Lansoprazole is a medication used to relieve heartburn, and other digestive conditions such as acid reflux, ulcers and an inflamed oesophagus. It is a generic capsule, made by Actavis. The branded version of this treatment is called Zoton, and contains the same functioning agent. Lansoprazole is available to buy from our UK-based pharmacy in two doses. The strength you are issued depends on which condition you are treating, and the severity of your symptoms.
- Proficient at relieving heartburn
- Easy to swallow capsule
- Reduces stomach acid
Heartburn is the result of stomach acids travelling up the food pipe, or oesophagus. This phenomenon is called gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GORD. In addition to heartburn, GORD can also cause an unpleasant taste in the mouth, and pain or difficulty when swallowing.
Many people may experience heartburn or other related symptoms on an infrequent basis, but it is likely to occur more regularly in those who are overweight, eat a lot of fatty foods, or are pregnant. It happens when the oesophageal sphincter fails to work properly.
When a person eats, a circle of muscles (the oesophageal sphincter) acts as a gateway from the food pipe to the stomach. This opens to let food in, but closes again afterwards, so that digestive acids do not escape. However, in those instances where there is increased pressure on the stomach (which may be a result of the stomach being overly full or someone being overweight), these muscles may not contract sufficiently enough to stop acids from getting out. This can result in feelings of pain in the chest, or burning.
Symptoms tend to be mild and may not last long in many cases. However those who find they are persistent and causing them concern can seek treatment. A doctor may advise cutting portion sizes down, and limiting alcohol or caffeine intake to counteract the condition. Those who have found these approaches ineffective may be issued prescription medication.
Lansoprazole works by inhibiting the action of proton pumps, which are located in the lining of the stomach, and are responsible for the production of stomach acids. In limiting their function, the drug decreases the presence of acids in the body, helping to reduce heartburn, and other symptoms associated with GORD.
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How to use Lansoprazole
Use this treatment in the manner prescribed by your doctor. Doing so will help you to maximise the efficacy of the course. You should also take care to follow the usage guidelines listed in the patient information leaflet, as this will assist you in limiting the risk of potential side effects.
- Take as directed.
- For heartburn, a prescribed course may be one tablet per day, for up to four weeks.
- In cases where it is used for the treatment of peptic ulcers or used in conjunction with antibiotics, the dose and longevity of use may vary.
- Swallow the capsules whole with water. They are more effective when taken at least half an hour before food.
- Take them at the same time each day. If you are taking one dose, it may be better do so in the morning. For those who are taking it twice a day, space your administrations out so that you take one in the morning and one at night.
- Do not exceed the amount specified by your doctor.
- In the event that you miss a dose, you can take it as soon as you remember provided that your next dose is not due. If it is, skip the dose you have missed and carry on the course as normal.
These instructions are provided only as a guide. More detailed directions can be located in the accompanying leaflet.
Lansoprazole side effects
If you notice any side effects which concern you, contact your doctor or your nearest hospital as soon as possible. In particular, you should seek medical advice urgently if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, or angioedema. Details on what forms these signs may take can be found in the patient information leaflet.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Headache, dizziness, diarrhoea, flatulence, stomach pain, feeling or being sick, dry mouth, constipation, rash, itching, altered liver function, or tiredness.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Depression, joint or muscular pain, fluid retention, changes in numbers of blood cells, or fractured hip, wrist or spine.
Rare (1 in 1000 people or less):
Fever, restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, sleeping difficulty, sight problems, vertigo, alterations in taste, loss of appetite, glossitis, skin reactions such as burning under the skin or bruising, sweating, photosensitivity, hair loss, anaemia, kidney problems, pancreatitis, hepatitis, enlarged male breasts, impotence, or candidiasis.
This is not a comprehensive list of associated side effects. For more information, consult the leaflet supplied or ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Taking it with other medicines
Let your doctor know if you are using any other treatments when completing our questionnaire.
Do not take this medicine if you are taking any treatment(s) containing atazanavir.
Lansoprazole may interact with the following: drugs for infections such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, or rifampicin; digoxin; theophylline; tacrolimus; fluvoxamine; antacids; sucralfate; or St John’s wort.
Conditions to look out for
If you have a history of any medical conditions, tell your prescriber during consultation. This item may not be suitable for use if you are intolerant to certain sugars, and should not be used by anyone taking drugs containing atazanavir.
Q&A: our Lansoprazole discussion forum
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes, but we would advise you only do so in moderation. Drinking large amounts of alcohol may cause this product to not function as well.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, provided you experience no side effects which may make it unsafe to do so. If you think your capacity to drive has become compromised, you should avoid doing so and let your doctor know.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
It is not recommended for use in those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. During completion of our questionnaire, let our prescriber know if you are pregnant, think you might be, or are breastfeeding, as they may choose to suggest an alternative form treatment.
How should I store it?
In a safe place at room temperature.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
This item contains: lansoprazole, sugar spheres (sucrose and maize starch), sodium laurilsulphate, meglumine, mannitol (E421), hypromellose, macrogol, talc, polysorbate 80, titanium dioxide (E171), methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate, copolymer (1:1), dispersion 30%, gelatin, and quinoline yellow (E104). Do not take it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
As it is prescription only, you will need to first consult with a doctor before use. If our practitioner finds this treatment to be suitable, a prescription will be issued and fulfilled by our pharmacy.
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