Lansoprazole Gastro-Resistant Capsules (15mg & 30mg)
- Very effective Acid Relux treatment
- Reduces the amount of stomach acid being produced
- Fast acting to relieve the symptoms of excessive stomach acid
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What are Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules?
Lansoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that has been used to treat acid related conditions since 1989. Lansoprazole is widely prescribed to treat conditions such as acid reflux, stomach ulcers, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and H. Pylori infections.
Lansoprazole Gastro-resistant capsules 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 organs 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.
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.
Who can use Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules?
Lansoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor that can be taken by both adults and children when it has been prescribed by a doctor, but it may not be suitable for everyone to use.
Lansoprazole may not be a suitable treatment for everyone, depending on your condition. It is also possible that certain doses of Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules may not be suitable to treat certain conditions. For example, your doctor may choose to prescribe Lansoprazole 30mg capsules instead of a lower dose, particularly if you are suffering from painful symptoms. Likewise, if your symptoms are mild the lower dose of Lansoprazole 15mg may be prescribed as a more suitable treatment option.
Tell your doctor before taking Lansoprazole if any of the following apply to you:
- You have any liver problems (your doctor may adjust your dose)
- You are allergic to Lansoprazole or any of the ingredients contained in this medication (refer to the ingredients tab for full details)
- You have osteoporosis or are taking any medicines known as corticosteroids (these can cause osteoporosis)
- You have ever had a skin reaction while using a medicine that reduces stomach acid in the past
- You are scheduled to have a Chromogranin A blood test
- You have or have risk factors of low levels of vitamin B12 and receive treatment with Lansoprazole (this medicine can lead to a reduced absorption of vitamin B12)
- Your doctor has prescribed Lansoprazole alongside medicines to treat Helicobacter pylori, or to treat pain or rheumatic disease (please read the package leaflets for all medicines very carefully)
- You take Lansoprazole on a long-term basis (your doctor will want to check how you are doing fairly regularly)
- You are due to have an endoscopy
- You have had an allergic reaction to Lansoprazole or any other medicines in the past
Lansoprazole 15 mg Capsules
Lansoprazole 15 mg is the lowest strength dose used to treat ulcers and acid reflux.
Lansoprazole 15 mg is also used to maintain positive results and continue to keep down high levels of stomach acid providing effective treatment for acid reflux.
Lansoprazole 30mg Gastro Resistant Capsules
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 Helicobacter pylori bacteria such as Gastritis.
How to take Lansoprazole Capsules
How you should take Lansoprazole is heavily determined by your diagnosis.
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.
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.
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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.
What is the difference between Lansoprazole 30mg and 15mg capsules?
The only difference between the two is the dose of Lansoprazole in each capsule. To simplify this, Lansoprazole 30mg capsules contain 30mg of Lansoprazole. Whereas Lansoprazole 15mg capsules contain just 15mg of Lansoprazole.
The dose you are prescribed will depend on the severity of your condition and what your doctor or pharmacist thinks is the most suitable treatment option.
Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules are usually only prescribed when other over the counter options have been tried but failed to treat symptoms effectively.
In most cases, over the counter options will be successful in treating symptoms, however; in those where symptoms persist, lower dose Lansoprazole 15mg may be prescribed. It is unlikely that your doctor or pharmacist will prescribe you Lansoprazole 30mg gastro-resistant capsules without seeing how your body reacts to the lower doses first.
If you are looking to buy Lansoprazole online you may be offered an alternative if you have not used the medicine before, or previously used an alternative as a treatment option.
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.
Lansoprazole Indications and Dose
All of our doctor and pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Lansoprazole. Always take Lansoprazole capsules exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist.
The most commonly prescribed Lansoprazole dosage is 15 mg or 30 mg. It is possible to get stronger doses 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.
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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.
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
- Stomach pain
- Feeling sick or being sick
- 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:
- 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 ful list of side effects.
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
- Ketoconazole, itraconazole, rifampicin
- Any medicines which contain St John's wort
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 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
Written by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840
Published on: 12/10/2020
Updated on: 09/06/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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