Lansoprazole is a medication used reduce stomach acid levels when over production of acid occurs. It is effective in the treatment of erosive esophagitis, gastric and duodenal ulcers as well as gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. GERD results from stomach acid, or acid reflux, entering the esophagus.
Lansoprazole is a Proton Pump Inhibitor or PPI and functions by lowering the acidity level of the stomach.
Lansoprazole is classified as a proton pump inhibitors (PPI). The primary function of the medication is to lower acidity levels in the stomach. It is used to combat intestinal ulcers and esophagitis, which is damage to the esophagus as a result of too much acid. It is also effective in the treatment of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
The medication will take a few days to take effect. While it will not offer immediate relief, patients that suffer from heartburn on a regular basis can take Lansoprazole as an over-the-counter remedy to treat the underlying problem.
Many people often mistake heartburn for early signs of a heart attack. Other symptoms of a heart attack are fever, nausea, sweating and pain going down the arms and shoulders. Any chest pain should be taken seriously and as soon as the patient is stable, they should consult a doctor to diagnose the cause.
Any patient suffering from liver disorder or low magnesium levels should always consult their doctor regarding the use of Lansoprazole.
Under certain circumstances, a doctor might prescribe a combination of Lansoprazole and antibiotics. In such cases, it is important that the patient adheres to the prescription instructions correctly. It is recommended that patients read the medication instructions before starting the course.
If Lansoprazole needs to be taken in conjunction with Sucralfate, when you take the medication is important. Doctors would advise you to take them separately, half an hour apart with the Lansoprazole being taken first. This is due to the fact that taking them simultaneously will make absorption of the Lansoprazole difficult.
It is essential that patients take the full prescribed course of Lansoprazole for maximum effect. Even if the symptoms are no longer present, they should not discontinue using the medication. It can take up to four days before the effects of the medication are experienced. A one per day dose should take a maximum of 2 weeks to complete.
It is necessary to take a 4 month break between courses of Lansoprazole. A doctor should be consulted if symptoms are experienced during this period.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding warning:
There is no conclusive data proving that the use of Lansoprazole is safe to use while pregnant or breast feeding. It is therefore not recommended that the medication be taken under these circumstances.