Lansoprazole is used to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which the backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury to the oesophagus. Lansoprazole works by reducing the amount of acid the stomach makes. It's used for indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux and gastroesophageal-reflux-disease (GORD). Lansoprazole is also taken to prevent and treat stomach ulcers.
Lansoprazole is only available on prescription. It comes as capsules and tablets.
You'll usually take lansoprazole once a day in the morning.
For severe illness, you can take it twice a day, in the morning and the evening.
You should start to feel better in 2 to 3 days, but it may take up to 4 weeks for lansoprazole to fully control your acid symptoms.
The active ingredient is Lansoprazole. With other ingredients: Sugar spheres (sucrose and maize starch), Sodium laurilsulfate, Meglumine, Mannitol (E421), Hypromellose, Macrogol, Talc, Polysorbate 80, Titanium dioxide (E171), Methacrylic Acid-Ethyl Acrylate Copolymer, 1:1, Dispersion 30%, Capsule shell: Gelatine and Titanium dioxide (E171).
Common side effects:
If you experience any of the following serious side effects, contact a doctor immediately:
Lansoprazole may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while you are taking the medication.
People who take proton pump inhibitors such as lansoprazole may be more likely to fracture their wrists, hips, or spine than people who do not take one of these medications. People who take proton pump inhibitors may also develop fundic gland polyps (a type of growth on the stomach lining). These risks are highest in those who take high doses of one of these medications or take them for 1 year or longer.
Lansoprazole is not usually recommended during pregnancy.