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|Type of medicine||PPI (proton pump inhibitor)|
|Works by||Stops production of acid in the stomach|
|Effective within||30 minutes|
|Pack size||28 capsules|
|Common side effects||Stomach Pain, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Wind, Sore Throat, Headache, Nausea, Skin Irritation|
|Manufacturer||Ranbaxy - a Sun Pharmaceutical Company, Mylan|
|Use with alcohol||No known issues|
What is Lansoprazole and what is it used for?
Lansoprazole capsules are a prescription-only treatment that provides relief from acid reflux, heartburn, and stomach ulcers for adults over the age of 18 years. Lansoprazole eases these recurrent symptoms by inhibiting the production of acid in the stomach. It falls into a category of medication known as proton pump inhibitors. These capsules are the unbranded version of Zoton and are available in strengths of 15mg or 30mg.
What is acid reflux and heartburn?
Stomach acids are important for the digestive process, they help to break down food before it reaches the intestines. Usually, the oesophagus is guarded against these acids by the oesophageal sphincter. This sphincter is made up of a group of muscles that form a one-way barrier; allowing food to enter the stomach and preventing acids from leaving.
Sometimes, this sphincter can weaken, which allows stomach acid to pass through this barrier and enter the oesophagus, this is acid reflux. Heartburn is a consequence of acid reflux, caused by acid ‘burning, in the tissues of the oesophagus. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. It gets its name purely because of the burning sensation felt in the chest.
How does Lansoprazole work?
Many of us will experience the occasional bout of heartburn. However, some sufferers can experience these symptoms very frequently – this will likely be due to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). Lansoprazole is a prescription-only medicine for GORD and other related conditions, such as stomach ulcers and an inflamed oesophagus. Lansoprazole works by inhibiting the activity of proton pumps (proteins that produce acids in the stomach). This decreases the levels of acid in the stomach, relieving the associated symptoms of acid reflux.
Alternatives to Lansoprazole
Antacids are alkali liquids or tablets that improve symptoms of acid reflux by neutralising stomach acid. Antacids such as Gaviscon are available without a prescription from The Independent Pharmacy. These can be taken as and when required, however, they may reduce the effectiveness of Lansoprazole, so they should not be taken within 1 hour of each other.
For more details about alternative prescription and over-the-counter treatment please check out our Advice for Acid Reflux & Heartburn page.
Non-medicinal ways to improve acid reflux
- GORD is a fairly common infliction, affecting roughly 20% of people. Symptoms will likely to more pronounced if you are lying down. It is recommended to avoid lying down horizontally after eating, also, consider sleeping on an incline.
- Obesity is the main cause of GORD. This is due to excess fat adding strain to organs, such as the stomach. The increased pressure forces the stomach acid out past the weakened sphincter and into the oesophagus. So trying to lose weight can sometimes improve symptoms.
- Large meals that fill the stomach have a similar effect to being overweight, so consider eating smaller portions that don’t leave you feeling full and bloated.
- Along with fatty foods, try to avoid foods that are acidic or spicy. For example; onions and chillies. As well as certain food, carbonated, alcoholic and caffeinated drinks should also be avoided, as these too can also lead to heartburn.
- Several medications can potentially interfere with digestion in ways that may increase the risk of GORD. If you believe the medicine you are taking may be causing your GORD symptoms, we advise you to discuss this with your GP.
Adults over the age of 18 years: Take Lansoprazole capsules as directed by a doctor or pharmacist. The usual dose is 1 capsule a day, swallowed with a glass of water.
Lansoprazole should be taken at least 30 minutes before eating.
If, for any reason, you forget to take a capsule, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is nearly time for your next capsule, skip the dose that you missed. Never double your dose to compensate for a dose that you have missed.
Please read the Patient Information Leaflet thoroughly for full details on how to take Lansoprazole.
The active ingredient contained in Lansoprazole is: Lansoprazole 15mg or 30mg.
Lansoprazole also contains the following inactive ingredients: Hypromellose (E-464), talc (E553b), titanium dioxide (E171), methacrylic acid-ethyl acrylate copolymer (1:1) dispersion 30%, triethyl citrate (E-1505), sugar spheres (sucrose and maize starch), gelatin and black ink (shellac and black iron oxide (E172)).
Lansoprazole side effects
Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Lansoprazole capsules, however, if you do they can include:
- Stomach pain
- Diarrhoea, wind
- Sore throat
- Skin irritation
If you are concerned about these effects, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.
Lansoprazole capsules are unsuitable for you if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
Inform your doctor if you have:
- Reacted to other proton pump inhibitors
- Liver problems
Lansoprazole and other medicines
Inform your doctor if you plan on taking Lansoprazole while taking any of the following medicines:
- Antifungal medicines (e.g. ketoconazole, voriconazole, itraconazole)
- St Johns Wort
- HIV medicines that contain nelfinavir
Talk to your doctor if you have phenylketonuria, as Lansoprazole dispersible tablets do contain aspartame.
Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.
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