What is Lansoprazole used for?
Lansoprazole is prescribed to treat ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease, Zollinger–Ellison syndrome, and erosive esophagitis. It is a proton pump inhibitor that works by reducing the production of acid in the stomach. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Lansoprazole?
The dosage of Lansoprazole prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What if you miss a dose of Lansoprazole?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Lansoprazole medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Lansoprazole?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Lansoprazole, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Lansoprazole?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Lansoprazole.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Lansoprazole, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Lansoprazole can interact with certain antifungals, oral contraceptives and iron supplements.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Lansoprazole?
Like other medicines, Lansoprazole can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Lansoprazole are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Lansoprazole cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Lansoprazole develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Lansoprazole can cause side effects such as abdominal pain, rash, dizziness, headache, fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, depression, blurred vision, insomnia, and joint pain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Lansoprazole.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Lansoprazole?
Is it possible for me to take Lansoprazole with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Lansoprazole?
What are the possible drug interactions of Lansoprazole?
How will Lansoprazole work in my body?
How should Lansoprazole be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Lansoprazole drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other healthcare professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Lansoprazole is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug. Before starting Lansoprazole, you must inform your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant or breast-feeding your baby. Caution needs to be exercised while driving or handling machinery, as this medication may cause dizziness in some people.