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Lansoprazole is a drug which is used to help reduce the production of stomach acid to reduce the symptoms of acid reflux and indigestion.
- Capsules or Orodispersible Tablets
- Used to treat acid reflux and heartburn
- Reduces the amount of acid in your stomach
- Provides up to 24 hours of relief
What Is Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole is an effective medication used to treat acid reflux. Lansoprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux and ulcers).
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 oesophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the oesophagus. Lansoprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
Lansoprazole is taken in the form of orally disintegrating tablets and capsules. They are usually ingested. If you struggle to swallow tablets, talk to your doctor/GP, who will be able to offer you some guidance or suggest other medicines. Taking lansoprazole tablets as soon as you identify signs of issues like indigestion or heartburn could speed up your recovery time and alleviate any uncomfortable symptoms.
What Is Lansoprazole Used For?
Lansoprazole is mainly used to treat indigestion and other conditions related to excess stomach acid, such as heartburn or acid reflux. It is also used to treat conditions like stomach ulcers, as the medication can alleviate pain and other symptoms by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.
How Does Lansoprazole Work?
Lansoprazole tablets belong to a type of medication called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). Proton pumps are a type of enzyme located in the lining of your stomach. These enzymes support acid production, which helps our body digest food. Lansoprazole tablets prevent these enzymes from working properly, resulting in a decrease in stomach acid. This stops excess acid from travelling back up into the oesophagus, relieving symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn.
The medication is most effective when the correct dosage has been taken. Listen to your doctor's advice. Usually, you would take Lansoprazole tablets once a day.
Alternatives to Lansoprazole
Lansoprazole and Alcohol
It is safe to drink alcohol when taking Lansoprazole. However, you must consult a doctor before doing so. It is best to avoid alcohol altogether as it can increase the amount of acid your stomach produces. This can worsen symptoms related to issues such as heartburn. Alcohol can also irritate your stomach lining. Talk to your doctor, who will be able to outline the risks associated with Lansoprazole and alcohol.
Is Lansoprazole Safe for Pregnancy?
There is little research surrounding Lansoprazole and pregnancy. Therefore, the medication is not usually recommended if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. Consult with your doctor, who may be able to recommend an alternative treatment.
Unlike pregnant women, it is usually safe for breastfeeding mothers to take Lansoprazole tablets, as long as their doctor recognises that their baby is healthy. The amount of Lansoprazole passed through breast milk is unknown. However, it is likely to be a small amount that will not absorb into your baby's body.
Lansoprazole vs Omeprazole
Both Lansoprazole and Omeprazole are medications used to treat conditions related to excess stomach acid. Both protein pump inhibitors (PPI) are very effective at managing acid reflux and indigestion symptoms.
Although they share many similarities, there are some slight differences between the two. Lansoprazole has been recognised as the better treatment for acid reflux. In contrast, Omeprazole can reduce the effectiveness of clopidogrel.
Additionally, the side effects of the two are similar. Lansoprazole can cause nausea and headaches, much like Omeprazole. Both medications come in the form of a tablet. However, Omeprazole is also available as a liquid. To find out which medication is the best course of action for you, consult a doctor or pharmacist.
Lansoprazole vs Pantoprazole
Both Lansoprazole and Pantoprazole are protein pump inhibitors. They are both effective in treating conditions related to excess stomach acids.
Although both are used to treat similar conditions, they do have their differences. For example, the dosage and strength of the two differ. Pantoprazole tablets contain 20mg or 40mg, whereas Lansoprazole tablets contain 15mg or 30mg. You would usually take Pantoprazole for up to 2 weeks compared to Lansoprazole which can be taken for a few weeks or months.
If you compare reviews of both medications, Lansoprazole tends to have a higher success rate than Pantoprazole.
The majority of Lansoprazole reviews are overwhelmingly positive. Most reviewers praise the medication for its effectiveness. It has proven to be a successful treatment for indigestion, acid reflux, and heartburn. Most users claim that the tablets give quick results, helping them feel much better within 2-3 days after the first dose.
Like most medications, some users did experience some mild side effects. However, these soon subside and often, medical assistance is not required. Overall, the consensus of Lansoprazole reviews is positive. The medication is easy to take, works quickly, and few people experience side effects.
Can You Buy Lansoprazole Over the Counter?
You cannot buy Lansoprazole tablets over the counter, it is a prescription-only medication. If you do not have any conditions that make you unsuitable to use Lansoprazole tablets and are not taking any other medications that could cause a reaction, you can use Cloud Pharmacy's online pharmacy to buy Lansoprazole tablets. However, you will need to complete a short online consultation beforehand. Once you have been approved by Cloud Pharmacy’s online prescriber, the medication will be dispensed and dispatched to you in a discreet package with next-day delivery.
Swallow these capsules whole with a glass of water, preferably at the same time each day, in the morning before a meal. If the capsules are to be taken twice a day, then the second dose should be taken before the evening meal. Do not crush or chew the capsules.
How Long Does It Take for Lansoprazole to Work?
Lansoprazole tablets will take 2-3 days to work before you can see their effects. The medication can take up to 4 weeks to achieve its full effect. You may still experience symptoms during this time. However, this is often nothing to worry about. If you have completed your full treatment cycle and do not notice any improvements, speak to a doctor.
How to Take Lansoprazole
You should take Lansoprazole tablets once a day – usually in the morning, 30 minutes before you eat your first meal of the day. This is because food can prevent Lansoprazole from getting into your system.
The recommended dose will depend on the severity of your condition. If you are suffering from indigestion, stomach ulcers, or acid reflux, the usual dose is 15mg to 30mg daily. If you suffer from Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, a condition where tumours form in your pancreas or the upper part of your small intestine, the recommended dose is 60mg daily.
You can take Lansoprazole tablets with a glass of water or juice. If you struggle to swallow tablets, open up the capsule and mix it with a little bit of water.
You may only need to take Lansoprazole for a few weeks. This will depend on the severity of your condition. Some people do not need to take it every day. Consult with a doctor to discuss what works best for you.
If you struggle to swallow tablets, you may open capsules and sprinkle their contents on a tablespoon of yoghurt or applesauce and swallow immediately. Avoid crushing the tablet and take it whole if you can. You should aim to take your Lansoprazole tablets 30 minutes before you eat.
What Not to Take With Lansoprazole
Some medications can interact with Lansoprazole as they can decrease its effectiveness. This doesn't mean you cannot take two medicines at one time. However, you must consult with a doctor to identify how you can manage drug interactions. The following medications may interact with Lansoprazole:
- HIV medications
Side Effects of Lansoprazole
Lansoprazole users may encounter some side effects. Usually, these side effects are nothing to worry about and will clear themselves. However, if you are worried, seek medical advice.
Common side effects happen in more than 1 in 100 people. Not every user will experience them. If you encounter these side effects and they do not go away, consult a doctor or pharmacist:
- Persistent headaches
- Stomach pain
- Itchy rashes
More severe side effects can occur. However, these cases are very rare, with less than 1 in 1000 people reporting them. If you experience any of the following symptoms after taking Lansoprazole tablets, contact a medical professional immediately or call 999:
- Stomach pain continues to worsen: This could signify your liver or pancreas is inflamed.
- Persistent joint pain along with a red skin rash: This could signify a rare condition called subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus.
- Severe diarrhoea: A symptom often associated with an inflamed bowel.
Although it is very rare, it is also possible for Lansoprazole users to have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). If you experience the following side effects, call 999 immediately:
- Chest/throat tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Trouble talking
- Swelling of the mouth, lips, throat, face, or tongue
- Itchy, red skin rash
If you're unsure about using Lansoprazole treatment or other drugs to treat ulcers and other issues, speak to one of our healthcare professionals. They can explain how Lansoprazole can help with too much acid, any adverse effects and more.
Patient Information Leaflet
Lansoprazole Tablets Patient Information Leaflet
For more information on Lansoprazole tablets medication, take a look at the patient information leaflet below:
What is Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole is a prescription medication used to help treat indigestion.
How does Lansoprazole work?
Lansoprazole works by reducing the amount of acid the stomach can produce.
How long does it take for Lansoprazole to work?
Lansoprazole should work quickly for heartburn although this varies between patients. Some people find symptoms improve after the first dose although it can take up to 4 weeks for the full effect to be seen. If symptoms have not improved after 5 days of taking lansoprazole, talk to your doctor/GP. Sometimes doctors will prescribe lansoprazole to help treat a stomach infection called H.Pylori. In these cases lansoprazole will be given alongside certain antibiotics for 7 or 14 days to eradicate the infection.
Can you buy Lansoprazole?
You can buy Lansoprazole online but only if deemed appropriate by our registered prescribers.
Is Lansoprazole better than Omeprazole?
Both treatments for acid reflux are similiarly effective.
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