Lansoprazole Orodispersible Tablets
- Orodispersible (Mouth Dissolving) Tablets
- Treats Acid Reflux Symptoms
- Also available in regular Capsule form
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What are Lansoprazole Orodispersible Tablets?
Lansoprazole 15 mg orodispersible tablets belong to a group of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors. It is a prescription-only medicine that is used to treat the symptoms of acid reflux disease and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid and works by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.
Also available as Lansoprazole 15mg-30mg gastro-resistant capsules for acid reflux (GERD).
What is the difference between orodispersible tablets and regular tablets?
Orodispersible tablets are rapidly dissolving tablets. They are designed to dissolve in the mouth and are primarily used by individuals that may have difficulty swallowing regular tablets or capsules.
Can I buy lansoprazole over the counter?
You can buy Lansoprazole orodispersible tablets online from Medicine Direct following a confidential online consultation. Just complete our short questionnaire and one of our registered health professionals will prescribe you this medication if they deem it suitable for you. You can then order Lansoprazole 15mg and 30mg orodispersible tablets from our online pharmacy; place your order by 2pm and we can also offer you next day delivery.
What is Lansoprazole orodispersible tablets used to treat?
Lansoprazole 15mg/30mg orodispersible tablets are used to treat adults who suffer from acid reflux disease.
Stomach acid is important for breaking down food for it to be digested properly. The oesophagus is normally protected from stomach acid by the oesophageal sphincter, which provides a one-way barrier so food can enter the stomach but acid cannot leave. Sometimes this sphincter can allow a certain amount of acid to pass through the barrier into the oesophagus, creating acid reflux.
A common side effect of acid reflux is heartburn, which causes a burning feeling in the chest.
How does Lansoprazole work?
Lansoprazole 15/30mg orodispersible tablets are a type of medicine called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). They provide effective relief from the likes of acid reflux, stomach ulcers and heartburn by inhibiting the production of stomach acid, thus reducing the amount of acid that is produced.
Your doctor may prescribe Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets for any of the following conditions:
- Heartburn and acid reflux
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
- Inflammation of the oesophagus
- Treatment for duodenal and stomach ulcer
- Treatment or prevention of duodenal and stomach ulcer for people who are taking NSAIDs such as Naproxen 250mg-500mg tablets for a long time
- Infections caused by Helicobacter pylori bacteria when given in combination with antibiotic therapy
- Preventing reflux oesophagitis
Who can take Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole 15mg and 30mg orodispersible tablets are not a suitable treatment for everyone to take.
Do not give this medicine to children.
Do not take Lansoprazole orodispersible tablets if any of the below apply to you:
- You are allergic to lansoprazole or any of the other ingredients contained in this treatment (please refer to the Ingredients tab for a full list of ingredients)
- You are taking any medicine that contains the active substance atazanavir
Do not take Lansoprazole orodispersible tablets without speaking to your doctor or pharmacist if:
- You have a serious liver disease (the doctor may wish to adjust your dose)
- You are due to have the blood test Chromogranin A
- You have ever had a skin reaction while taking another medical treatment similar to Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets
Fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you use this medicine if:
- You are breastfeeding
- You are pregnant
- You think you might be pregnant
- You are trying to get pregnant
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while using this treatment.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Lansoprazole orodispersible tablets come with the risk of certain side effects. However, not everyone who takes this medication will be affected by them.
Common side effects of Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets include:
- Skin rash, itching
- Diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pain, benign stomach polyps
- Dry or sore mouth or throat
- Feeling sick or being sick
Uncommon side effects include:
- Fluid retention of swelling
- Joint or muscle pain
- Risk of hip, wrist or spine fractures
- Changes in blood cell counts
Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.
Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Read the Side Effects tab for information on rarer and more serious reactions.
If you are concerned about side effects, speak to your doctor before you start taking Lansoprazole tablets.
Lansoprazole Orodispersible Tablets Usage instructions
Always take Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets exactly as instructed by your doctor. Read the patient information leaflet and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you require further guidance.
Place a tablet on your tongue and gently suck it. The tablet will quickly dissolve in your mouth; it will release pellets that you should swallow without chewing. Alternatively, you can swallow the tablets whole with a drink of water.
If you have trouble swallowing tablets, your doctor may advise you to take this medicine using an oral syringe.
Ideally, you should take these tablets at least 30 minutes before you eat.
The dosage of Lansoprazole depends on the condition you require treatment for.
For heartburn and acid reflux, the usual dose is one tablet every day for four weeks. Speak to your doctor if you still have symptoms after this time.
If you are taking these tablets every day, try to take them at the same time each day.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you take more medicine than you were supposed to.
What if I forget to take it?
If you accidentally miss a dose of Lansoprazole, just take it as soon as you remember, unless it is almost time for your next dose.
If it is nearly time for the next dose, just skip the dose you missed and continue taking the tablets as normal. Never take a double dose of Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets to try and make up for missing a previous dose.
To lessen the risk of forgetting to take a dose of Lansoprazole, try to take these tablets at the same time every day.
What if I stop taking it?
Do not stop taking Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets until your course of treatment is complete, even if you feel better. Your problem may not have been completely treated and may reoccur if you do not complete your course of treatment.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store in conditions above 25C. Keep your medicine in the packaging it came in to keep it protected from moisture.
Do not use after the expiry date, which can be found on the carton.
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Rare side effects of Lansoprazole tablets can include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Hair loss
- Feeling confused, drowsy, restless,
- Inflammation of the tongue, a change in taste or loss of appetite
- Skin reactions
- Feeling of ants crawling on the skin
- Kidney problems
- Fungal infection
- Impotence and/or breast swelling in men
- Inflammation of the liver
Seek medical treatment immediately if you suffer any of the above.
Very rare side effects of Lansoprazole orodispersible tablets only occur in 1 in 10,000 people who use it, but may include:
- Inflammation of the mouth
- Reduction in white blood cells and decreased resistance to infection
- Changes in test values, such as sodium, cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Seek medical attention if you suffer any of these side effects.
Serious allergic reaction
In rare instances, it is possible to have a serious allergic reaction to Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets. You must either call 999 or go to A&E straight away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- You are wheezing
- You develop a skin rash that may have red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- You have swelling in your face, throat, mouth, lips or tongue
- You are finding it hard to breathe or speak
- You have tightness in your chest or throat
You may be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate treatment in hospital.
Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive details on side effects. If you are concerned about side effects or what to do about them, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor before you start taking Lansoprazole tablets.
Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
Lansoprazole may interact with other medicines. Before you start taking a new medicine make sure you inform your doctor if you are already taking any other medicine. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.
Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any medication that contains any of the active ingredients listed below:
- The herbal remedy St. John's wort (for mild depression)
- Tacrolimus (for preventing transplant rejection)
- Digoxin (for heart problems)
- Ketoconazole, itraconazole, rifampicin (for infections)
- Diuretics (for urinary problems)
- Antacids (for heartburn or acid reflux)
- Theophylline (for asthma)
- Fluvoxamine (for psychiatric conditions including depression)
- Sucralfate (to heal ulcers)
Lansoprazole tablets contain asparatame, which contains a source of phenylalanine. This may be harmful to people who have phenylketonuria.
Driving and operating machinery
Lansoprazole 15mg tablets can cause side effects such as dizziness, hallucinations, tiredness, vertigo and feelings of confusion or drowsiness. These reactions will impair your ability to think clearly, so if you get any of these side effects while taking Lansoprazole, you must not drive, ride a bike or operate any machinery until you feel better again.
If these symptoms persist, please speak to your doctor about them.
Taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Lansoprazole may slightly increase your risk of of a fractured wrist, hip or spine. This is particularly true if you have been using this treatment for longer than one year. Before using this treatment, make sure you tell your doctor if you have osteoporosis or are taking any corticosteroids.
If you take Lansoprazole for longer than one year, your doctor will likely ask to see you frequently.
If you get diarrhoea while using Lansoprazole, contact your doctor straight away. This medicine has been linked to a small increase in infectious diarrhoea.
This medicine should only be used to treat adults. Do not give it to children under the age of 18.
Always read the patient information leaflet for full details on warnings and drug interactions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your doctor.
The active ingredient contained in Lansoprazole 15mg orodispersible tablets is lansoprazole.
These tablets also contain the following inactive ingredients: microcrystalline cellulose, light magnesium carbonate, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose (E463).
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