Swallow the medication whole. Doing so may destroy the drug. Or you may empty the capsule's contents into a small amount (2 ounces or 60 milliliters) of juice, stir, and drink the mixture right away without chewing it. If you have trouble swallowing the capsule, you may open the capsule and sprinkle its contents on a spoonful of soft food (such as applesauce, cottage cheese, yogurt) and swallow the mixture right away without chewing it. Then rinse the glass with more juice and drink to make sure you have taken the entire dose. Do not crush or chew the capsules. Do not prepare the mixture ahead of time for later use.
If you are self-treating, l your doctor if your heartburn persists after 14 days or if you need to use this medication more than once every 4 months. l your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Ask your doctor how long you should take this medication. The risk of side effects goes up over time. If you think you may have a serious medical problem, get medical help right away.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
Some symptoms may actually be signs of a more serious condition. Get medical help right away if you have: heartburn with lightheadedness / sweating / dizziness, chest/jaw/arm/ shoulder pain (especially with shortness of breath, unusual sweating ), unexplained weight loss.
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Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects.
Before using this medication, l your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, lupus.
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Continue to take this medication for the prescribed length of treatment even if you are feeling better. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day. If you are self-treating with the over-the-counter product, do not take it for more than 14 days unless directed by your doctor. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
l your doctor right away if you develop symptoms of vitamin B-12 deficiency (such as unusual weakness, sore tongue, or numbness/tingling of the hands/feet). Rarely, proton pump inhibitors (such as lansoprazole ) have caused vitamin B-12 deficiency. The risk is increased if they are taken every day for a long time (3 years or longer).
However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching /swelling (especially of the face/ tongue /throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing, signs of kidney problems (such as change in the amount of urine). A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
Some affected products include ampicillin, atazanavir, erlotinib, nelfinavir, pazopanib, rilpivirine, certain azole antifungals ( itraconazole, ketoconazole, posaconazole), among others. Some products need stomach acid so that the body can absorb them properly. Lansoprazole decreases stomach acid, so it may change how well these products work.
Diarrhea, abdominal pain, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, l your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
If your doctor has prescribed this medication for you, do not share it with others.
Before taking lansoprazole, l your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar drugs (such as dexlansoprazole, omeprazole, pantoprazole ); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
This medication helps heal acid damage to the stomach and esophagus, helps prevent ulcers, and may help prevent cancer of the esophagus. It works by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. Lansoprazole belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Lansoprazole is used to treat certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux, ulcers). It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and persistent cough.
This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition ( Clostridium difficile -associated diarrhea ) due to a type of bacteria. l your doctor right away if you develop: persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain /cramping, fever, blood / mucus in your stool. Do not use anti- diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have any of the following symptoms because these products may make them worse.
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Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not store in the bathroom.
If you are self-treating with this medication, over-the-counter lansoprazole products are used to treat frequent heartburn (occurring 2 or more days a week). Since it may take 1 to 4 days to have full effect, these products do not relieve heartburn right away.
l your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: symptoms of a low magnesium blood level (such as unusually fast/slow/ irregular heartbeat, persistent muscle spasms, seizures ), signs of lupus (such as rash on nose and cheeks, new or worsening joint pain ).
Proton pump inhibitors (such as lansoprazole) may increase your risk for bone fractures, especially with longer use, higher doses, and in older adults. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about ways to prevent bone loss /fracture, such as by taking calcium (such as calcium citrate ) and vitamin D supplements.
A healthcare professional should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or discontinuing any course of treatment. The information is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. CONDITIONS OF USE: The information in this database is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of healthcare professionals.
Read the Medication Guide and the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start taking lansoprazole and each time you get a refill.
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Some products that may interact with this drug include: methotrexate (especially high-dose treatment).
Do not double the dose to catch up. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
If you are giving this medication through a tube into the stomach (nasogastric tube), ask your health care professional for detailed instructions on how to properly mix and give it.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
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In addition, before you self-treat with this medication, get medical help right away if you have any of these signs of a serious condition: trouble/pain swallowing food, bloody vomit, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, bloody/black stools, heartburn for over 3 months, frequent chest pain, frequent wheezing (especially with heartburn ), nausea / vomiting, stomach pain.
Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug. This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests, possibly causing false test results.
If you are self-treating, follow all directions on the product package. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than directed. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Dosage and length of treatment are based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually once daily, before a meal.
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The manufacturer may have changed the ingredients. Also, products with similar brand names may contain different ingredients meant for different purposes. For over-the-counter products, carefully read the package instructions to make sure the product is right for you. Check the ingredients on the label even if you have used the product before. Taking the wrong product could harm you.
If your doctor has directed you to use this product, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
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If your doctor instructs you to use this medication regularly for a long time, laboratory and medical tests (such as a magnesium blood test, vitamin B-12 levels) may be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Keep all regular medical and laboratory appointments.
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If needed, antacids may be taken along with this medication. If you are also taking sucralfate, take lansoprazole at least 30 minutes before sucralfate.
Lansoprazole is very similar to dexlansoprazole. Do not use medications containing dexlansoprazole while using lansoprazole.
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The effects on a nursing infant are unknown. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding. However, similar drugs pass into breast milk.
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