Lansoprazole 15mg Capsules
£12.49 – £19.49
Lansoprazole treats the symptoms of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD), heartburn, acid reflux and indigestion, providing relief for you to get on with your day. Lansoprazole is also used to treat gastric and duodenal ulcers, and erosive esophagitis.
Heartburn is a burning feeling in the chest caused by stomach acid travelling up towards the throat (acid reflux). If it keeps happening, it’s called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD).
The main symptoms of acid reflux are:
Heartburn – a burning sensation in the middle of your chest, an unpleasant sour taste in your mouth, caused by stomach acid
You may also have:
- A cough or hiccups that keep coming back
- A hoarse voice
- Bad breath
- Bloating and feeling sick
Your symptoms will probably be worse after eating, when lying down and when bending over.
Causes of heartburn and acid reflux
Lots of people get heartburn from time to time. There’s often no obvious reason why.
Sometimes it’s caused or made worse by:
- Certain food and drink – such as coffee, alcohol, chocolate, and fatty or spicy foods
- Being overweight
- Stress and anxiety
- Some medicines, such as anti-inflammatory painkillers (like ibuprofen)
- A hiatus hernia – when part of your stomach moves up into your chest
How you can ease heartburn and acid reflux yourself
Simple lifestyle changes can help stop or reduce heartburn.
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals
- Raise one end of your bed 10-20cm by putting something under your bed or mattress – to make it so your chest and head are above the level of your waist, so stomach acid doesn’t travel upwards towards your throat
- Try to lose weight if you’re overweight
- Try find ways to relax
- Have food or drink that triggers your symptoms
- Eat within 3 or 4 hours before bed
- Wear clothes that are tight around your waist
- Drink too much alcohol
- Stop taking any prescribed medicine without speaking to a doctor first
A pharmacist can help with heartburn and acid reflux
Speak to a pharmacist for advice if you keep getting heartburn.
They can recommend medicines called antacids that can help ease your symptoms.
It’s best to take these with food or soon after eating, as this is when you’re most likely to get heartburn. They may also work for longer if taken with food.
See a GP if:
- Lifestyle changes and pharmacy medicines aren’t helping
- You have heartburn most days for 3 weeks or more
- You have other symptoms, like food getting stuck in your throat, frequently being sick or losing weight for no reason
Your GP can provide stronger treatments and help rule out any more serious possible causes of your symptoms.
WHAT IS LANSOPRAZOLE?
Lansoprazole belongs to group of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. It decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Is is used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid.
WHAT IS ACID REFLUX?
When acid from the stomach leaks up into the gullet (oesophagus), This may cause heartburn and other symptoms.
WHAT IS HEARTBURN?
Heartburn is a painful burning feeling just below or behind the breastbone. It usually comes from the oesophagus. The pain often rises in your chest and may spread to your neck or throat.
Some lansoprazole capsules contain small amounts of lactose, so they may be unsuitable for people with a digestive problem called lactose intolerance.
This product isn’t suitable for some people.
To make sure this product is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- Had an allergic reaction to Lansoprazole or any other medicines in the past
- Liver problems
- This product is generally not recommended in pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
For more information on acid reflux, click here.
You may also be interested in Gaviscon Oral Suspension.
How and when to take Lansoprazole?
Firstly, it’s usual to take lansoprazole once a day – first thing in the morning. If you take it twice a day, take one dose in the morning and one dose in the evening.
This product works best if you take it 30 minutes before a meal or snack. That’s because food slows down Lansoprazole getting into your system.
How much Lansoprazole will I take?
The usual dose to treat:
- indigestion is 15mg to 30mg a day
- acid reflux disease is 15mg to 30mg a day
Tablets and capsules, Swallow tablets and capsules whole with a glass of water or juice.
Side-effects and precautions:
Most people who take lansoprazole do not have any side effects. If you do get a side effect, it is usually mild and will go away when you stop taking lansoprazole.
Common side effects
These common side effects may happen in more than 1 in 100 people. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if these side effects bother you or don’t go away:
feeling sick or vomiting
itchy skin rashes
feeling dizzy or tired
dry or sore mouth or throat
Lansoprazole may also make you feel depressed. It may also make your feet or ankles swell.
Serious side effects
Serious side effects are rare and happen in less than 1 in 1,000 people.
Tell a doctor straight away if you have:
joint pain along with a red skin rash, especially in parts of your body exposed to the sun, such as your arms, cheeks and nose – these can be signs of a rare condition called subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus that can happen weeks or even years after taking lansoprazole
stomach pain that seems to be getting worse – this can be a sign of an inflamed liver or pancreas
reddening, blisters and peeling of the skin, there may also be severe blisters and bleeding in the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals – these can be signs of Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis
diarrhoea more than 5 times a day or that doesn’t seem to be getting better – this can be a sign of ulcerative colitis
Serious allergic reaction
In rare cases, it’s possible to have a serious allergic reaction to lansoprazole.
A serious allergic reaction is an emergency. Contact a doctor straight away if you think you or someone around you is having a serious allergic reaction.
These are not all the side effects of lansoprazole. For a full list see the Patient information leaflet
There are some food and drinks which may aggravate your stomach, alcohol and spicy foods for example. Try to avoid these whilst you are taking lansoprazole as well as eating large meals.
If you are a smoker, you are increasing the amount of acid that is produced by the stomach resulting in your symptoms becoming worse. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to quit, they may prescribe a treatment such as Champix.
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