What is Lansoprazole?

Lansoprazole is a drug that is classified under Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) and is made of Omeprazole compound. Lansoprazole helps in decreasing the secretion of acids in the stomach and helps treat and prevent stomach ulcers, acid reflux, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Like most PPIs, Lansoprazole blocks enzymes in the stomach lining that control the release of acids in the stomach.  Controlling this release of acids allows the stomach and esophagus (food pipe) to heal completely.

Lansoprazole is available in the form of a delayed-response tablet that has to be orally ingested with water. Stable when exposed to light for up to 2 months, Lansoprazole should be stored in a cool and dry place. Avoid storing it next to radiators, heaters, and refrigerators. Other generic names of Lansoprazole are Losec, Zoton FasTab, PriLosec OTC, Zegerid, Zegerid OTC, Prevacid, Prevacid SoluTab, and Omeprazole. Lansoprazole is an Over-The-Counter drug and does not require a prescription.

You could opt for online prescription services with a reputed online physician and avail home delivery and regular subscriptions of Lansoprazole.


What is Lansoprazole used for?

Since Lansoprazole reduces the acids secreted into the stomach, it is used for acid reflux, indigestion, heartburn, and treating stomach ulcers. It is also said to be useful for the treatment of a rare tumor in the pancreas. This is called the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

With an increase in the acids present in the stomach, there is an increase in the deterioration of the stomach lining and esophageal valve to the stomach. When this valve is opened too many times, is damaged, or does not shut properly, the undigested food and acids in the stomach sometimes climb back up into the esophagus (food pipe) and may burn the stomach and cause swelling of the esophagus. Lansoprazole is used to control this acid secretion and allow the stomach and esophagus to heal.


Who can take Lansoprazole?

Adults can safely take Lansoprazole without prescription. However, children should take it only after consultation with a doctor or by physician’s prescription. Children under the age of 2 months should not be given Lansoprazole. Pregnant women and people over the ages of 50 years should consult a doctor before consuming Lansoprazole.

In case of any pre-existing conditions and medications, always check with the doctor or pharmacist before taking Lansoprazole. This will help increase the efficiency of Lansoprazole and will avoid a harmful combination of it with any other drugs you could be currently on.

Lansoprazole contains small doses of lactic acid and might be unsuitable for people who have low or no tolerance for lactose. It also contains gelatin (extract of animal bones). This may make Lansoprazole unsuitable for vegan and vegetarian people.


What are the side effects of Lansoprazole?

Lansoprazole has the same common side effects as all PPIs. Some of these are headaches, nausea, passing gas, sore throat and fever, dry mouth, vomiting and feeling sick, diarrhea, minor constipation, skin rashes, and itchy skin. If these conditions persist for more than 3 days, please stop the medication and consult a doctor immediately.

Lansoprazole has also been known to cause minor depression in the initial days of taking the medication. It might also cause a swelling on the arms and legs. In case you experience dizziness, muscle spasms, severe stomach pain, an elevated pounding of the heart, and hives, please contact the doctor immediately or get to the nearest emergency room.


How does Lansoprazole work?

Lansoprazole takes about 30 minutes to an hour to start working on your body and should be taken an hour prior to your meal. The mucous membrane on the lining of the stomach starts to give way because of the excess secretion of the acids in the stomach. Lansoprazole stops the proton pump in the stomach lining from producing extra acid that is needed to digest food. By stopping the proton pumps, Lansoprazole helps ease the symptoms of acid reflux, ulcers, and other conditions caused due to excess acid secretion in the stomach and esophagus and allow them to heal naturally.


Dosages of Lansoprazole:

Lansoprazole is usually prescribed once a day and is to be taken before the meal. If you are taking it twice a day, please ensure a 12-hour gap between the two dosages. Indigestion, acid reflux, and stomach ulcers are usually treated with dosages of 15mg to 30mg and for Zollinger-Ellison syndrome dosages may be as high as 60mg to 120mg depending on the requirement of the patient.

For dosages of children, elderly people, and people with liver conditions, it is best to consult a doctor.