Dexlansoprazole (By mouth)

Introduction

Dexlansoprazole (dex-lan-SOE-pra-zole)

Treats erosive esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and other conditions caused by too much stomach acid. This medicine is a proton pump inhibitor.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Dexilant, Kapidex

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to dexlansoprazole.

How to Use This Medicine

Delayed Release Capsule

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • You may take this medicine with or without food.
  • Swallow the delayed-release capsule whole. If you cannot swallow the capsule whole, you may open it and pour the medicine into a tablespoon of soft food such as applesauce, pudding, or yogurt. Stir this mixture well and swallow it right away without chewing.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using ampicillin, digoxin (Lanoxin®), ketoconazole (Nizoral®), an iron supplement (such as ferrous sulfate, ferrous gluconate, Feosol®, Fer-In-Sol®, or Fergon®), or a blood thinner (such as warfarin, Coumadin®).
  • Do not use atazanavir (Reyataz®) while you are taking this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease or bone problems (such as osteoporosis).
  • This medicine may increase your risk of having fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine. This is more likely if you are 50 years of age and older, if you receive high doses of this medicine, or use it for one year or more.
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to slowly decrease your dose before stopping it completely.
  • Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Black, tarry stools, bloody vomit or vomit that looks like coffee grounds.
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath.
  • Dry mouth, increased thirst, muscle cramps, nausea, or vomiting.
  • Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat.
  • Feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings.
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
  • Seizures or tremors.
  • Swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin.
  • Unusual bleeding, bruising, or weakness.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Diarrhea, indigestion, stomach pain, or upset stomach.
  • Skin rash.
  • Stuffy or runny nose.
  • Trouble with swallowing.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Review Date: 2011-02-04 Reviewed By: Keywords: ,
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