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This medicine is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux, commonly known as ‘acid reflex’. It works by reducing the amount of acid produced by the stomach, and provides relief from symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing and persistent cough.
The active ingredient in this medicine is called dexlansoprazole, and belongs to a class of medicines called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
Follow the instructions given by your doctor and read the patient information leaflet before use.
This medicine may be taken with or without food. Do not crush or chew the capsules; ensure you swallow the capsule whole.
If your symptoms usually occur following a meal, it is advised that you take your dose at the same time every day.
If you have trouble swallowing this medicine, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the contents onto 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of applesauce. Swallow this mixture straight away, without chewing it. Do not prepare this mixture in advance as doing do may inactivate the drug.
If required, you may also take antacids in conjunction with this medication. If you are also taking sucralfate, take dexlansoprazole at least 30 minutes before the sucralfate.
Regular use of this medicine is associated with the most benefit. Continue to take this medicine even if you feel better. If you have any concerns regarding your dose or duration of treatment, speak to your doctor.
If you have had an allergic reaction to this medicine or other similar drugs (such as lansoprazole, omeprazole), contact your doctor before using this product.
If you have a history of liver disease, consult with your doctor before using this medicine.
Contact your doctor immediately if you experience heartburn with lightheadedness/sweating/dizziness, chest pain or shoulder pain, difficulty breathing, unexplained sweating (especially if associated with lightheadedness or pain spreading to arms/jaw/neck/shoulders), or unexplained weight loss.
Proton pump inhibitors may increase your risk for bone fractures, especially with long term use, higher doses, and if used in elderly patients. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about ways to prevent bone loss and fractures. Ways to reduce your risk include taking calcium or vitamin D supplements.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk; consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Patients may experience diarrhea as a side effect. If this persists for some time, contact your doctor.
Contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience unusually fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat, persistent muscle spasms, or seizures. These symptoms may suggest low blood magnesium levels.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms: rash, severe itching, swelling (especially of the face,
tongue or throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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