Effectiveness of Lansoprazole & It’s Dosage, Side Effects

Avoid taking sucralfate (carafate) at the same time you take lansoprazole. Absorption of lansoprazole can be hindered by sucralfate. After taking lansoprazole, you need to wait at least 30 minutes before taking sulcralfate.

Lansoprazole should be taken for the full prescribed time. You may notice an improvement in the symptoms before the infection is completely cleared.

How Effective is Lansoprazole?

How Effective is Lansoprazole?

Lansoprazole effectively reduces the quantity of acid being produced in the stomach & it belongs to a group of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors.

Lansoprazole is used in effective treatment & prevention of intestinal & stomach ulcers, damage to the esophagus due to stomach acid (esophagitis) and other conditions that involve excessive acid in the stomach such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.

Heartburn happening 2 or more days per week can be treated by over the counter lansoprazole (prevacid OTC). It is however not for immediate relief of symptoms of heartburn.

Important Information

Lansoprazole should not be used as a treatment option for quick relief from symptoms of heartburn.

The early signs of heart attack are often confused with heartburn. If you have heavy feeling or pain in chest with the ache spreading to arm or shoulder, nausea sweating & general ill feeling then you should seek emergency medical attention.

If you have low magnesium level in the blood or liver diseases then you should ask your doctor if it is safe to use lansoprazole.

Some diseases are treated with lansoprazole & antibiotics combination. All medications should be used as directed by a doctor. All the patient rules & medicine guide should be read before using any drug. You should seek advice from your doctor before changing your dosage.

You should take prevacid 24HR every 24 hours for 2 weeks. For full effect, it may take up to 4 days. Do not exceed one tablet every 24 hours.

Before starting another fourteen day treatment with the Prevacid 24HR, you should allow at least 4 months to elapse. If you notice additional symptoms you should inform your doctor if you need treatment before 4 months elapse.

Before Taking Lansoprazole

First symptoms of heartburn are often assumed with heart attack. You should seek medical attention immediately you notice chest pain, sweating, general ill feeling, nausea, heavy feeling, & pain spreading to the shoulder & arm.

People allergic to lansoprazole should not use the medicine.

You need to ask your pharmacist or doctor if it is safe to use lansoprazole if you have any other disease especially:

Over the counter lansoprazole should not be used without doctor’s advice if you have:

  • Pain or trouble swallowing
  • Vomit that looks like coffee grounds or blood, black or bloody stool
  • Heartburn that has prolonged for over three months
  • Heartburn with wheezing, frequent chest pain
  • Unexplained loss of weight
  • Vomiting or nausea, stomach pain
  • Metabolic disorder or an electrolyte imbalance

Proton pump inhibitors like lansoprazole may increase the risk of hip born fracture, wrist bone or the spine if taken. People who have taken this medication for a long time or at high dosages & people who are older than 50 years have shown this effect the most. It is not clear whether the increased risk in fracture is actually caused by lansoprazole.

A combination of antibiotics & lansoprazole treats some conditions. All medication should be used as directed by the doctor & you should read the prescriptions provided. For any questions, don’t hesitate to ask your doctor.

An unborn baby is not expected to be harmed by lansoprazole. If you are planning to become pregnant or you are already pregnant then you should inform your doctor.
It is unknown if lansoprazole passes through breast milk to the baby therefore tell your doctor if you are breast feeding your baby.

What is the Recommended Dosage of Lansoprazole?

Erosive Esophagitis General Adult Dosage

The initial dosage for up to 8 weeks is 30 milligrams taken orally once a day. If the patient is not able to use oral method then lansoprazole can be given as an IV infusion administered over 30 minutes 30milligrams up to 7 days.

Maintenance dosage is 15 milligrams once a day orally.

Duodenal Ulcer General adult dosage

Lansoprazole should be administered orally 30 minutes before eating 15 milligrams once a day. For up to 4 weeks, therapy should be continued.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Adult General Dosage

Lansoprazole is administered orally 15 milligrams once a day. The therapy goes for up to 8 weeks

Gastric Ulcer General Adult Dosage

Lansoprazole should be administered orally 30 minutes before eating 30 milligrams once a day. Therapy goes for up to 4 to 8 weeks.

Multiple Endocrine Adenomas General Dosage for Adults

Once a day, you should take 60 milligrams of lansoprazole orally. There have been cases where dosages of up to 90 milligrams twice a day have been used. According to reports from the manufacturer, patients have been treated for up to 4 years continuously.

Systemic Mastocytosis General Dosage for Adults

Lansoprazole is administered once a day 60 milligrams orally. There have been cases where by dosages of up to 90 milligrams twice a day has been used orally. Reports from the manufacturer state that patients have been treated for as long as 4 years continuously.

Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome General Dosage for Adults

Once a day, take 60 milligrams. 90 milligrams oral dosages twice a day have been used. Reports from the manufacturer state that patients have been treated for 4 years continuously.

Helicobacter Pylori Infection General Dosage for Adults

Triple therapy is used where by 30 milligrams of lansoprazole is combined with 500 milligrams of clarithromycin & 1 g of amoxicillin then given after every 12 hours for 10 or 14 days. In order to achieve eradication, most investigators recommend the treatment with at least two antimicrobial agents. Lansoprazole monotherapy is ineffective & need to be avoided.

Dual therapy can also be used by combining 30 milligrams of lansoprazole with 1 gram of amoxicillin and given orally after every 8 hours for 2 weeks. For dosing information for the elderly or people who are renal impaired, refer to monograph for amoxicillin or/and clarithromycin.

Duodenal Ulcer Prophylaxis General Dosage for Adults

Should be administered orally 15 milligrams 30 minutes before eating once a day. According to study evaluations for maintenance treatment for duodenal ulcers, in this case the condition hasn’t gone over a year.

NSAID-Induced Ulcer Prophylaxis General Dosage for Adults

Orally, 30 milligrams of lansoprazole a day for 8 weeks

NSAID- Induced Ulcer Prophylaxis General Dosage for Adults

Orally, 15 milligrams of lansoprazole once a day for 12 weeks

Aspiration Pneumonia General Pediatric Dosage

Study (n=120) greater than 3 to 11 years. Should take 30 milligrams at 9.pm on the night before surgery and at 5.30a.m take 30 milligrams on the day of surgery.

Gastroesophagael Reflux Disease General Pediatric Dosage

Short term treatment for GERD (up to 12 weeks)

1 to 11 years. Should take less than or equal to 30kg = 15 milligrams daily

Greater than 30 kg = 30 milligrams of lansoprazole daily

12 to 17 years: 15 milligrams once daily for up to 8 weeks

Erosive Esophagitis General Pediatric Dosage

This is a short term treatment for up to 12 weeks

1 to 11 years

Equal or less than 30 kg = 14 milligrams once a day

Greater than 30 kg = 30 milligrams of lansoprazole once a day, up to 30 milligrams twice a day daily

Short term treatment of up to 8 weeks

12 to 17 years: 30 milligrams once a day daily

Patients who fail to respond or who may have a recurrence then an addition 8 weeks may be tried.

Maintenance: 15 milligrams of lansoprazole once daily.

What are the Side Effects of Lansoprazole?

If you have signs of allergic reactions to lansoprazole, you will need emergency medical help. These signs may include the following: difficulty breathing, hives, swelling of the face, tongue, lips or throat.

Call your doctor immediately if you experience any of these severe side effects of lansoprazole:

  • Bloody or watery diarrhea or severe stomach pain
  • Convulsions (seizures)
  • Kidney problems like urinating less or more than usual, swelling, blood in urine and rapid weight gain
  • Low magnesium symptoms like dizziness, fast or uneven heart rate, confusion, uneven or fast heart rate, shaking (tremors) or jerking the muscle movements; muscle cramps, jittery muscle, muscle spasms in feet and hands; chocking or cough feeling.

Common lansoprazole side effects:

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