Lansoprazole is commonly prescribed to treat the symptoms of acid reflux. Lansoprazole, like many othe rproton pump inhibitors works by reducing the amount of stomach acid being produced and effectively reduces the painful symptoms caused by excessive acid.
Lansoprazole for Acid Reflux Treatment
Lansoprazole works to reduce the production 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, Lanzoprazole reduces the amount of stomach acid being produced by blocking the enzymes in the stomach that are responsible for creating it. This give your organs time to heal. You may also have heard of Lansoprazole by its brand name ‘Zoton FasTabs’.
Lansoprazole Dose and Strengths
The most commonly prescribed strength of Lansoprazole is 15-30mg. It is possible to get stronger dosages of the medicine; however, this is generally used to just treat the rare disease of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Your doctor will prescribe you the dosage you need based on your age, weight and symptoms.
This lower strength dose of Lansoprazole is used to treat ulcers and acid reflux. It is also used to maintain positive results and continue to keep down high levels of stomach acid.
This is the highest strength of Lansoprazole that we sell at Medicine Direct. It can be prescribed by some doctors to be taken once a day for Gastric ulcers, or twice a day for Zollinger Ellison syndrome. It could also be prescribed alongside antibiotics to treat infections caused by the Heliocobacter pyrloi bacteria.
How should Lansoprazole be taken?
Lansoprazole tablets are to be taken orally with a glass of water. If you take this medicine once a day, it is best to do this in the morning. As food slows down the medicine, it is suggested that you should try and take Lansoprazole about 30 minutes before eating to feel the results quickest. Do not crush or chew the tablet as this can increase the risk of side effects and make the tablet less effective as it will damage its acid resistant coating.
Even if you begin to feel better after taking Lansoprazole, you must continue your course of medication. Do not increase or decrease your dosage without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist. Below are the usual recommendations of how to take Lansoprazole in accordance to your illness. It is important that you follow your doctors’ specific advice on administration of the medicine as sometimes this may change from the normal instruction.
- Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome
Initially you may be given a high strength of Lansoprazole, around 60mg, and told to take this once a day. After this the dosage may double to 180mg or remain 60mg to maintain your improvement.
- To treat Helicobacter Pylori Infection
Your doctor will either place you on dual therapy or triple therapy for this illness. This will depend on the level of the infection and your doctors’ discretion. You will take 30mg either twice or three times a day alongside a course of antibiotics.
- To treat NSAID related Ulcers
15mg of Lansoprazole will be prescribed to be taken just once a day. Your course can last up to 12 weeks. Do not cut the course short if you begin to feel well, ensure you finish it to the date your doctor recommended.
- Intestine or Stomach Ulcer
Take one 30mg tablet each day. Depending on where your ulcer is and its severity you will be told to continue this for between 2-4 weeks.
- Acid Reflux
For adults and those above 12 years of age, 15mg of Lansoprazole should be taken once a day to treat acid reflux. The course will last up to 8 weeks. For children any younger than 12, your doctor will prescribe a set dose based on their age and weight.
Lansoprazole side effects
All medicines come with the risk of side effects; however the chances of experiencing them are low. Below are the reported side effects of taking Lansoprazole. If you experience any side-effects please contact your doctor or pharmacist. If the symptoms are more severe, seek emergency help right away.
Common Side Effects
- Sense of dizziness (Vertigo)
- Stomach upset or change in stool habit i.e. diarrhoea, constipation, stomach discomfort in the form of pain or bloating
- Nausea or vomiting
- An itchy skin rash
- Low mood
- Muscle of joint pains
Uncommon Side Effects
- Fracturing of your spine, wrist or hip
- Experience drowsiness or confusion
- Hallucinations of visual distortion
- Change in taste or unexpected weight loss/gain
- Sensation of prickling or tingling of skin
- Light sensitivity
- Kidney or liver problems which may cause back pain or a yellowing of the eyes or skin
This list is not exhaustive, for complete and extensive lists please see the leaflet within the box your medicine came in.
In rare cases patients taking Lansoprazole can suffer from a severe allergic reaction to the medicine. If you experience any of the warning symptoms you MUST contact an emergency service such as 111 or 999 immediately. The signs of a severe allergic reaction are:
- Developing a skin rash which is itchy, red, swollen, blistered or peeling
- Your chest or throat feeling tight. This can also be displayed through wheezing.
- Experiencing difficulty in breathing or talking
- Your facial extremities become swollen i.e. you mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat.
How can I buy Lansoprazole online in the UK?
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 Lanzoprazole, 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.
Are there any differences between Lansoprazole and Omeprazole?
Both medicines are used to treat the symptoms of acid related problems in the stomach, intestine and esophagus. Some research has suggested that Lansoprazole has a faster effect on treating acid reflux in the gullet. There are no published studies, however, on the comparison between Lansoprazole and Omeprazole. Your doctor will prescribe you either one upon their own discretion.
Lansoprazole uses and treatments
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 NSAIDs, infections caused by Helicobacter pylori, acid reflux and the prevention of esophagus inflammation. Doctors may sometimes alternatively prescribe it to treat indigestion, heartburn or the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome which is when too much stomach acid is produced due to a growth in your pancreas.
How does Lansoprazole work?
Lansoprazole is among the anti-acid family of medicines called the proton pump inhibitors. Proton pumps are a form of enzyme and they are responsible for creating stomach acid. Lansoprazole inhibits their pumps so that they cannot produce as much, whilst allows your stomach or esophagus time to heal.
How long does it take Lansoprazole to work?
On average, it takes Lansoprazole around 2-3 days to begin to work. This means your symptoms should start to improve after this time. For the medicine to complete its job it will take up to 4 weeks, if not longer which means you may still suffer with some acid related ailments during this time.
Can you drink alcohol whilst taking Lansoprazole?
You are allowed to drink alcohol whilst 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 increase in acid will irritate your stomach lining.
Is it safe to take paracetamol with Lansoprazole?
Paracetamol and Lansoprazole are safe to take together.
How can I change my lifestyle to reduce 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, alcohol or smoking. Advice for lifestyle changes would be trying and lose excess weight, raise your head in bed when trying to sleep and to not eat within 3 hours of trying to go to sleep.
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