Lansoprazole Gastro-Resistant Capsules (15mg & 30mg)

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About Lansoprazole Gastro-Resistant Capsules (15mg & 30mg)
  1. What are Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules?

    Lansoprazole gastro-resistant tablets are a type of proton pump inhibitor used to treat acid related disorders.

    Gastro-resistant capsules differ from regular capsules or tablets and are designed to withstand dissolving when they encounter stomach acid. Instead, Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules release their active ingredient further down the gastrointestinal tract.

    Lansoprazole capsules are available in a variety of strengths, 30mg gastro-resistant capsules are the strongest dose available to buy, however if you have not used this medicine before, it is likely you will be prescribed the 15mg option.

    Also available in Lansoprazole Orodispersible (Rapid mouth dissolving) tablets.

    What are Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules used to treat?

    Lansoprazole works to reduce the amount of acid in the stomach. It is commonly used to treat and prevent acid related ailments such as internal ulcers, damage to the food pipe from acid reflux and heartburn.

    Much like other proton pump inhibitors, Lansoprazole reduces the amount of stomach acid being produced by blocking the enzymes in the stomach that are responsible for creating it. This gives your gastrointestinal tract time to heal. You may also have heard of Lansoprazole by its brand name ‘Zoton FasTab’.

    In some cases, it is prescribed to treat Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which is a rare illness caused by a tumour in the gut or pancreas.

    More information about lansoprazole can be found on the NHS website.

    How does Lansoprazole work?

    As a proton pump inhibitor, Lansoprazole works by preventing the proton pumps of the stomach from working at their full capacity. Proton pumps are responsible for producing stomach acid, due to the inhibitory effect of lansoprazole, the proton pumps produce less stomach acid, and as a result the symptoms of acid related conditions such as acid reflux are relieved. 

    The inhibitory effects of Lansoprazole will be felt within 1 hour, reaching full effects within 2 hours.

    Why is Lansoprazole recommended for treating acid reflux?

    Lansoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that has been used to treat acid related disorders for nearly 30 years

    Lansoprazole, and it's extended family of Proton pump inhibitors such as Omeprazole and Pantoprazole are considered to be remarkably safe and effective. Clinical studies have shown that Lansoprazole is able to treat more than 90% of gastric and duodenal ulcers, with very minimal adverse effects.

    Can you buy Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules online?

    Yes, Lansoprazole 30mg and 15mg gastro-resistant capsules are available to buy online at most online pharmacies. When you buy lansoprazole online, it is important to ensure you are doing so from a fully regulated UK online pharmacy.

    Take a look at our about us page to learn more about our company and who we are regulated by.

    Can you buy Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules over the counter?

    No, there is no over the counter option for Lansoprazole capsules. Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules are only available on prescription. You can buy Lansoprazole 30mg and 15mg capsules online from medicine direct, however you will be required to complete an online questionnaire so a doctor or pharmacist can assess your condition to ensure you are receiving the most suitable treatment.

    Lansoprazole Alternatives

    Other commonly used Proton Pump Inhibitors include:

    There are several alternatives to lansoprazole that work in a similar way which are available over the counter. To find out more information about Lansoprazole alternatives, read our helpful medical guide.

  2. How to take Lansoprazole Capsules

    Typically, you should follow the below steps when taking Lansoprazole:

    • Swallow Lansoprazole whole with a glass of water, do not crush or chew the tablets
    • Lansoprazole should be ingested 30-60 minutes before meals
    • If you are prescribed Lansoprazole to be taken twice daily, you should split the doses and take one before breakfast and the second dose before dinner
    • If you have trouble swallowing whole capsules, the contents of the capsule can be sprinkled into a glass of water. Please ensure that you drink the whole glass of water within 30 minutes.

    For more information on how to take Lansoprazole capsules, you can read our helpful medical guide which offers step by step instructions on how to take Lansoprazole capsules.

    All of our doctor and pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Lansoprazole. Always take Lansoprazole capsules exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.

  3. Lansoprazole Side Effects

    Common side effects

    Like all medications, Lansoprazole may cause certain side effects, although they will not affect everyone who takes it.

    Common Lansoprazole side effects may include:

    • Headaches, dizziness, feeling tired, or generally feeling unwell
    • Diarrhoea
    • Constipation
    • Stomach pain
    • Feeling sick or being sick
    • Wind
    • Changes in your liver function (this will be shown on a blood test)
    • Skin rash, itching
    • Dry or sore mouth
    • Dry or sore throat
    • Benign stomach polyps

    Less common side effects include:

    • Depression
    • Joint pains
    • Fracture of your hip, wrist or spine, if used for a long time in high doses
    • Changes in blood cell counts
    • Water retention, which can lead to swelling in your arms or legs

    Tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the above side effects bother you or do not go away after a few days.

    Please note, these lists are not exhaustive. For more information please read our Lansoprazole side effects guide for a list of rarer and more serious reactions you may experience while taking Lansoprazole.

    We also recommend thoroughly reading the patient information leaflet, which can be located inside your medicine box for a full list of side effects.

  4. Lansoprazole Warnings and drug interactions

    Before you use a new medicine, you should always tell your doctor if you are already taking any other form of medicine. This includes prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

    In particular, tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:

    • HIV protease inhibitors
    • Warfarin
    • Digoxin
    • Tacrolimus
    • Ketoconazole, itraconazole, rifampicin
    • Sucralfate
    • Any medicines which contain St John's wort
    • Theophylline
    • Antacids
    • Fluvoxamine
    • Methotrexate

    For more information on Lansoprazole Drug Interactions.

    Pregnancy and breastfeeding

    Lansoprazole is not usually indicated for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, your doctor may prescribe Lansoprazole if the benefits outweigh the risk factors. 

    Read more about taking Lansoprazole during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

    Lansoprazole and Alcohol

    Drinking alcohol whilst taking lansoprazole is considered to be safe, however alcohol is a known trigger of acid reflux related symptoms. Drinking alcohol whilst taking Lansoprazole may restrict how effective lansoprazole can treat your symptoms. It may also increase your risk of experiencing side effects.

  5. Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules ingredients

    The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Lansoprazole

    For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics

  6. How much does it cost to buy lansoprazole capsules online?

    Dosage Quantity Price (starting from)
    Lansoprazole 15mg gastro-resistant capsules 14 Capsules £11.99
    Lansoprazole 30mg gastro-resistant capsules 14 Capsules £12.99
  7. Lansoprazole FAQ's

    Can you buy Lansoprazole Gastro Resistant capsules online?

    If you are a valid UK citizen and have a prescription from a doctor, you will be able to purchase Lansoprazole online in the UK with us, Medicine Direct. If you do not yet have a prescription for Lansoprazole, you can fill in one of our health questionnaires which will be reviewed by one of our doctors. After assessing your answers, the doctors will then prescribe you the medicine if they deem it appropriate to do so.

    Can Lansoprazole capsules be used to treat any other conditions?

    Lansoprazole can be used to treat a variety of problems caused by an increase of stomach acid. Some of the most typical uses of Lansoprazole are to treat ulcers of the stomach or intestine, prevention of ulcers caused by NSAID's such as Naproxen, infections caused by Helicobacter pylori, acid reflux and the prevention of oesophagus inflammation. Doctors may sometimes alternatively prescribe it to treat Indigestion (Dyspepsia), heartburn or the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, which is when too much stomach acid is produced due to a growth in your pancreas.

    How quickly does Lansoprazole start to work?

    The inhibitory effects of Lansoprazole can be felt in just 1 hour, reaching its full effects in just 2 hours. You should notice your symptoms completely easing within 2-4 days of taking this medicine.

    Drinking alcohol with Lansoprazole, is it safe?

    You are allowed to drink alcohol while on a course of Lansoprazole. However, alcohol has been linked to an increase in stomach acid production. This may mean that the medicine won’t have as powerful an effect if you drink. It can also make your symptoms feel worse due to an increase in acid, which will irritate your stomach lining.

    Can you take painkillers whilst using Lansoprazole?

    Yes, It is safe to take common painkillers such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen whilst you are taking Lansoprazole. 

    Does my diet cause stomach acid?

    There are some ways that our lifestyle and diet can increase stomach acid. In regards to diet, you should try and avoid rich, spicy, or fatty foods. Food that has high acidity in it, such as citrus fruits and tomatoes, can also increase your stomach acid. It is also recommended to cut down on the amount of caffeine you consume in drinks, as well as cut down on alcohol and smoking. Losing excess weight is a useful lifestyle change people who are overweight can make. Raise your head in bed when trying to sleep and to not eat within 3 hours of trying to go to sleep.

    When should you take lansoprazole?

    It is best to take Lansoprazole 30 minutes before a meal. Taking lansoprazole on an empty stomach will allow your body to absorb more of the medicine in a faster time. 

    How long can you take Lansoprazole for?

    4 - 8 weeks is the typical treatment length for Lansoprazole. Taking Lansoprazole for longer than you need to can increase your risk of side effects. Your doctor will advise you of your treatment length, it is important to take this medicine exactly as prescribed.

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

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