This medicine contains the active ingredient Lansoprazole which belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). These medicines reduce the production of gastric acid. Lansoprazole is prescribed for the treatment of reflux (stomach acid goes into gullet causing heartburn, pain and inflammation), stomach and intestines ulcers, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome (growth in pancreas), heartburn and acid regurgitation, infections caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, and it is also prescribed to prevent stomach ulcers to form and to bleed in patients requiring continued NSAID treatment (used against pain and inflammation).
Is Lansoprazole suitable for me?
Lansoprazole is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to Lansoprazole, other PPIs or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
- if you are taking a medicine containing atazanavir (used to treat HIV infection)
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant or breast-feeding
- have serious liver or kidney problems
Lansoprazole interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Lansoprazole?
This medicine is available in form of a capsule.
You should take Lansoprazole exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your condition and needs. The usual dose is 15 or 30 mg taken once a day. For the treatment of Helicobacter pylori, you will be prescribed two 30 mg capsules per day (one is taken in the morning, the other in the evening). Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose. Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Lansoprazole side effects?
Like all medicines Lansoprazole can cause side effects, including:
- diarrhea, stomach pain, constipation, wind
- nausea or vomiting
- skin rash
- changes in liver function test values
- Swelling of the feet and ankles.
- joint or muscle pain
- changes in blood cell counts
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.