Generic Name: dexlansoprazole (DEX lan SOE pra zol)Brand Names: Kapidex
Dexlansoprazole decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Dexlansoprazole is used to treat heartburn caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and to heal erosive esophagitis (damage to the esophagus from stomach acid).
Dexlansoprazole may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
When treating heartburn, dexlansoprazole is usually given for 4 weeks. To best heal erosive esophagitis, you may need to take dexlansoprazole for several months. Follow your doctor's instructions.
Heartburn can be confused with early symptoms of heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain or heavy feeling, dizziness, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, sweating, nausea or vomiting, and a general ill feeling.
Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.Take each dose with a full glass (8 ounces) of water.
Dexlansoprazole may be taken with or without food.Do not crush, break, or open a delayed-release capsule. Swallow the pill whole. It is specially made to release medicine slowly in the body. Breaking or opening the pill would cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
If you are unable to swallow a delayed-release capsule whole: Open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow this mixture right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Discard the empty capsule.
It is important to use dexlansoprazole regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.Take this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Your symptoms may get better before your treatment is completed.
When treating heartburn, dexlansoprazole is usually given for 4 weeks. To best heal erosive esophagitis, you may need to take dexlansoprazole for several months. Follow your doctor's instructions.Store dexlansoprazole at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
See also: Dexlansoprazole dosage in more detail
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
An overdose of dexlansoprazole is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while you are using dexlansoprazole.
chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats;
severe stomach pain; or
Less serious side effects may include:
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, gas;
stuffy nose, sneezing, or other cold symptoms.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Usual Adult Dose for Erosive Esophagitis:
Initial dose: 60 mg orally once a day for up to 8 weeksMaintenance dose: 30 mg orally once a day for up to 6 months
Usual Adult Dose for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease:
For treatment of heartburn associated with non-erosive GERD: 30 mg once a day for 4 weeks
Before taking dexlansoprazole, tell your doctor if you are using any of the following drugs:
ampicillin (Omnipen, Principen);
digoxin (Lanoxin, Lanoxicaps);
a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin); or
iron (Feosol, Mol-Iron, Fergon, Femiron, others).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with dexlansoprazole. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.