What are Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg)?
Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg) are used to help reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Acid occurs naturally in the stomach and helps to digest food and kill bacteria. However, in some instances, the acid can damage the stomach lining or irritate the oesophagus and cause heartburn (also known as acid reflux).
Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg) are used to treat several conditions, including: indigestion and heartburn; gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD); erosive oesophagitis (damage to the oesophagus due to stomach acid); stomach ulcers; and conditions related to excessive stomach acid (e.g. Zollinger-Ellison syndrome).
The tablets contain the active ingredient lansoprazole which is classified as a proton pump inhibitor, meaning it helps to reduce the volume of acid in the stomach.
You should start feeling some relief from heartburn indigestion symptoms within a few days if taking Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg). However, it may take a few weeks to treat other, more serious conditions (such as ulcers).
Some conditions may require you to take lansoprazole on a long-term basis to help control your symptoms and prevent recurrence.
How do Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg) work?
Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg) contain the active ingredient lansoprazole. This is a proton pump inhibitor that stops the production of stomach acid.
Proton pumps work with the cells that make up the stomach lining and produce the acid that dissolves food and kills bacteria. As a proton pump inhibitor, lansoprazole stops the acid production process and consequently reduces the amount of acid in the stomach.
This in turn relieves the symptoms of indigestion, stops acid flowing into and damaging the oesophagus, and allows the tissues in the stomach and oesophagus time to heal.
When taken in combination with antibiotics, Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg) can help eradicate the H pylori bacteria from the stomach.
The 'OD' in Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg) means 'orodispersible'. This indicates that you take the tablet orally, but it dissolves in your mouth rather than swallowing it whole. The tablets then melt rapidly and release microgranules that can be swallowed safely.
How to use Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg)
The dosage you take depends on the condition you are trying to treat. Read the accompanying patient leaflet carefully and consult your doctor or pharmacist to determine the appropriate dosage for your condition.
- Always take this medication as directed by your doctor or pharmacist
- Many conditions require one 15mg tablet to be taken each day. This includes: indigestion and heartburn – where one tablet is taken for up to four weeks; gastro-oesophageal reflux disease – where one tablet is taken for up to eight weeks; and, duodenal ulcer treatment (including prophylaxis and maintenance) – where one tablet is taken for up to four weeks.
- Erosive esophagitis requires 30mg to be taken once a day for eight weeks, the same applies in the case of gastric ulcers
- Multiple endocrine adenomas require 60mg to be taken each day for eight weeks
- Zollinger-Ellison syndrome also usually requires 60mg to be taken each day, the duration of the treatment will depend on the patient
- This medicine should be taken 30-60 minutes before eating
- Place the tablet in your mouth and allow it to dissolve. (You may suck it if it takes a long time to do so.)
- Do not break, chew or cut the tablet and do not swallow it whole
- You may have a drink of water to help you swallow the dissolved tablet
- If you miss a dose of Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg), take it as soon as you remember. However, if it's almost time for your next scheduled dose skip the missed dose and take the next dose as normal.
- Do not consume any indigestion remedies within 1 hour before taking Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg) or 1 hour after
What dosages are available for Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg)?
There is one dosage available. Each 15mg tablet contains 15mg of the active ingredient lansoprazole. Lansoprazole is also available in gastro-resistant capsules.
What are the side effects of Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg)?
Medication affects people differently and you may take this medicine without experiencing any side effects. Side effects that have been commonly reported include: nausea; stomach pain; diarrhoea; constipation; and, headache.
Less common side effects include: kidney problems such as blood in the urine; swelling; rapid weight gain; and, less frequent urination. You should consult your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
Severe stomach pain can cause diarrhoea that's watery or contains blood. This may be a sign of infection, so speak to your doctor immediately if this occurs.
You could also experience seizures, irregular heartbeats, or a new or unusual pain in your thigh, hip, wrist or back.
In the case of a severe reaction, you may experience lupus-like symptoms. This can include joint pain or swelling that's accompanied by a fever. It may also include swollen glands, chest pain, vomiting and muscle aches. You might also experience unusual thoughts or behavior, as well as patchy skin colours.
Studies have shown that taking proton pump inhibitors can increase your risk of bone fracture in the hip, wrist or spine. This side effect is most common in those aged over 50 and in those who have taken the medication for a long period of time or at high doses.
If you experience any side effects that concern you, consult your doctor.
What are the precautions/interactions of Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg)?
Always consult your doctor about other medications you may be taking (including over-the-counter and herbal remedies) before taking Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg).
Antacids and sucralfate can affect how your body absorbs lansoprazole and its overall effectiveness. You should wait at least 1 hour before or after taking lansoprazole before taking these products.
Herbal remedies such as St John's wort and ginkgo biloba can affect how lansoprazole is absorbed and moves through the bloodstream. These products should therefore not be taken during treatment.
Taking fluvoxamine (an antidepressant) could increase your risk of side effects as it may cause additional amounts of the active ingredient to enter your bloodstream. Lansoprazole could also have the same effect on other medications, such as saquinavir, methotrexate, digoxin and tacrolimus.
Lansoprazole can reduce your magnesium levels, resulting in additional side effects. This risk increases if you are taking any other medication that causes magnesium levels to decline, including diuretics (e.g. furosemide or bendroflumethiazide), tacrolimus and digoxin.
Your doctor may choose to give you a blood test before commencing treatment and on a regular basis throughout your treatment programme in this eventuality.
If you have any other medical conditions, seek medical advice before taking Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg), especially if you have: liver disease; lupus; low magnesium levels; vitamin B12 deficiency; or, osteoporosis.
Lansoprazole can also reduce absorption of other medications making them less effective, including: anti-HIV drugs (rilpivirine and atazanavir); dabrafenib; erlotinib; bosutinib; itraconazole; lapatinib; and, pazopanib.
This medicine is generally not considered suitable for use by children or pregnant or breastfeeding women, unless advised by your doctor.
Dosages for children can vary due to age, weight and the severity of the condition. You should always consult a medical professional before giving Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg) to your child. Do not give Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg) to a child under 1 year of age.
The safety of lansoprazole in pregnancy has not been established. Therefore, if you are pregnant you should consult a doctor before using this medicine. It is also unknown whether lansoprazole passes into breast milk. If you are a breastfeeding mother, you should seek medical advice before using Lansoprazole OD Tablets (15mg).
Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. If you experience an allergic reaction, seek urgent medical assistance.
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