Dexlansoprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux). It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough. This medication helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. Dexlansoprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).Dexlansoprazole is not recommended for use in children younger than 2 years due to an increased risk of serious side effects. Ask the doctor or pharmacist for details.
How to use Dexilant
Read the Medication Guide and the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking dexlansoprazole and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily with or without food. If your symptoms usually occur after a meal, your doctor may direct you to take your dose every day before the same meal for best results. Dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment.
Do not crush or chew the capsules. Swallow this medication whole. If you have trouble swallowing this medication whole, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the contents onto 1 tablespoon (15 milliliters) of applesauce. Swallow all of the drug/food mixture right away without chewing it. Do not prepare the mixture ahead of time for later use. Doing so may destroy the drug.
If you are giving this drug with a liquid medication measuring device/syringe, or through a tube into the stomach (nasogastric or gastric tube), ask your health care professional for detailed instructions on how to properly mix and give it.
If needed, antacids may be taken along with this medication. If you are also taking sucralfate, take dexlansoprazole at least 30 minutes before sucralfate.
Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. Continue to take this medication for the prescribed length of treatment even if you are feeling better.
Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. The risk of side effects goes up over time. Ask your doctor how long you should take this medication.
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