Lansoprazole is used to treat acid-related throat problems (erosive esophagitis). It works by blocking acid production in the stomach. This medication is known as a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Decreasing excess stomach acid can help relieve symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, persistent cough, and trouble sleeping. It can also prevent serious acid damage to your digestive system (e.g., ulcers, cancer of the esophagus).
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
This medication may also be used to prevent and treat bleeding from stomach/intestinal ulcers.
This medication is given by injection into a vein over 30 minutes as directed by your doctor, usually once daily.
When you are able to take medicines by mouth, your doctor will switch your treatment to an oral form of this drug.
If needed, antacids may be taken along with this medication.
The dosage and length of treatment is based on your medical condition and response to therapy.
If you are giving this medication to yourself at home, learn all preparation and usage instructions from your health care professional. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Learn how to store and discard medical supplies safely.
Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day. Continue to use this medication for the prescribed length of treatment even if you are feeling better.
Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: stomach pain.
This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a type of resistant bacteria. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have any of these symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, fever, blood/mucus in your stool.
A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but get medical help right away if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing, kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine).
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Before using lansoprazole, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs (e.g., dexlansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition. Get medical help right away if you have: heartburn with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest/jaw/arm/shoulder pain (especially with shortness of breath, unusual sweating), unexplained weight loss.
Proton pump inhibitors (such as lansoprazole) may increase your risk of bone fractures, especially with longer use, higher doses, and in older adults. Talk with your doctor about ways to prevent bone loss/fracture, such as taking calcium (such as calcium citrate) and vitamin D supplements.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Some products that may interact with this drug include: cilostazol, methotrexate (especially high-dose treatment), theophylline, voriconazole.
Some products need stomach acid so that the body can absorb them properly (such as ampicillin, atazanavir, dasatinib, erlotinib, nelfinavir, pazopanib, rilpivirine, certain azole antifungals including itraconazole/ketoconazole/posaconazole). Lansoprazole decreases stomach acid, so it may change how well these other products work. Before using lansoprazole, consult your doctor or pharmacist about the other medications you take and for advice on how to reduce or avoid these types of interactions.
Lansoprazole is very similar to dexlansoprazole. Do not use medications containing dexlansoprazole while using lansoprazole.
This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests, possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.
If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
Laboratory and/or medical tests may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
For the best possible benefit, it is important to receive each scheduled dose of this medication as directed. If you miss a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately to establish a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Consult the product instructions and your pharmacist for storage details. Keep all medications away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.
Information last revised January 2015. Copyright(c) 2015 First Databank, Inc.
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