What is Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole belongs to a group of medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPI), which are licensed for the treatment of acid reflux. The branded name of this medication is Zoton which is manufactured by AstraZenca.
How does Lansoprazole work?
Lansoprazole works to control symptoms of acid reflux by reducing acid production in the stomach directly. It does this by blocking an enzyme called a ‘proton pump’, which is involved in the final step of stomach acid formation. The Lansoprazole dose is normally taken once daily and is effective for up to 24 hours. It works rapidly to control symptoms and can reduce acid secretion by 80% after a single dose.
How do I take Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole capsules should be taken in the morning at least half an hour before food for best absorption. The capsules are enteric coated to ensure they do not break down in the stomach before the medication can produce its desired effect, for this reason Lansoprazole capsules should be swallowed whole with water and they should not be crushed or chewed. For those individuals who have difficulty swallowing medication, lansoprazole capsules can be split open and the contents mixed with water or juice before drinking immediately. The capsule contents may also be added into food. If there is no improvement in symptoms after 14 days of taking this medication or symptoms are still present after 28 days of treatment, you should see your GP to discuss alternate options.
What are the cautions associated with Lansoprazole use?
Although Lansoprazole is a commonly prescribed medication in the UK, it is still important to check if the medication is suitable for you. Lansoprazole should not be used by people suffering with certain conditions or those using certain medications. You should always read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Lansoprazole before taking this medication to ensure it is safe for you to use.
Use of Lansprazole and Antacids
In some patients antacids (Gaviscon, Rennie) may be used in combination with PPIs such as Lansoprazole to provide optimal symptom relief. When this combination is used there should be a gap of at least 2 hours between taking the two medications.
What are the side effects of Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole like all medications can be associated with certain side effects although not all patients would experience these.
Common Lansoprazole side effects to look out for include:
- Abdominal pain & flatulence
- Dizziness – if this occurs patients should avoid skilled tasks such as driving and operating machinery
- Rash & itching
- Nausea and vomiting
For more information about the side effects associated with this medication please see the patient information leaflet or contact PostMyMeds.
Where can I find more information on Acid Relux and Lansoprazole?
Please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Lansoprazole for further information on this medication. You can find more information about Acid Reflux on the Conditions category page.