The name of your medicine is Lansoprazole 15mg or 30mg gastro-resistant capsules .
belongs to a group of medicines called proton pump inhibitors.
Lansoprazole works by lowering the amount of acid in your stomach.
It can be used for:
Healing ulcers in your stomach or duodenum (gut)
Healing and preventing ulcers caused by medicines called Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs). This includes
medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen and piroxicam.
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD). This happens when acid from your stomach escapes into your food pipe
(oesophagus) causing damage and inflammation
Lansoprazole can relieve symptoms that can happen with the above conditions and stop them from coming back.
It can also be used to treat:
The pain of indigestion or heartburn caused by too much acid (acid-related dyspepsia) in your stomach
Illnesses, such as Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome, where the stomach makes large amounts of acid. This can lead to diarrhoea and
pain in the stomach
2. BEFORE YOU TAKE LANSOPRAZOLE
Do not take lansoprazole and tell your doctor if:
' You are allergic (hypersensitive) to lansoprazole or any of the other ingredients of these capsules (listed in section 6: Further Information)
Signs of an allergic reaction include: a rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue
Do not take lansoprazole if any of the above applies to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Take special care and check with your doctor before taking lansoprazole if:
You have liver problems
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking lansoprazole. Do this even if they
applied only in the past.
Taking lansoprazole with other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription. This includes herbal medicines. This is because lansoprazole can affect the way some other medicines work.
Also, some medicines can affect on the way lansoprazole works.
In particular, check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following medicines:
' The oral contraceptive pill
' Theophylline (for asthma)
' Phenytoin or carbamazepine (for epilepsy)
' Warfarin (for thinning the blood)
' Other medicines for indigestion
If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking lansoprazole.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not take lansoprazole if:
' You are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning to get pregnant
' You are breast-feeding
Driving and using machines
You may feel dizzy, tired, sick, have a headache or problems with your eyesight while taking lansoprazole. If this happens, do not drive
or use any tools or machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients in Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules
Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules contain sucrose. If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some
sugars, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
3. HOW TO TAKE LANSOPRAZOLE
Always take Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules exactly as your doctor has told you. The dose will depend on your needs and the
illness being treated. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Taking your medicine
' Swallow your capsules whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew the capsules.
' If you are taking lansoprazole once a day, take it at the same time every morning before breakfast
' If you are taking lansoprazole twice a day, take the first dose in the morning before breakfast and the second dose in the evening
The usual doses for adults are:
' One 30mg capsule every day for 8 weeks
Ulcers of the duodenum:
' One 30mg capsule every day for 4 weeks to heal the ulcer
' Your doctor may then decide you need one 15mg capsule every day to stop it coming back
Ulcers of the stomach and duodenum caused by an NSAID:
' One 15mg or 30mg capsule every day for 4 or 8 weeks to heal it
' Your doctor may then decide to give you one 15mg or 30mg capsule every day to stop the ulcer or your symptoms coming back
' Your doctor will tell you when to stop taking lansoprazole
Preventing an ulcer and relief of symptoms while taking NSAID:
' One 15mg or 30mg capsule every day
' Your doctor will tell you when to stop taking lansoprazole
Gastro-oesphageal reflux disease (GORD):
' One 30mg capsule every day for 4 to 8 weeks to heal your food pipe (oesophagus) and/or relieve symptoms
' Your doctor may then decide you need one 15mg or 30mg capsule a day to stop your illness coming back
Indigestion caused by too much acid (acid-related dyspepsia):
' One 15mg or 30mg capsule every day for 2 to 4 weeks
' See your doctor once you have completed this course or if your symptoms are not getting better
' Two 30mg capsules every day to start with
' Your doctor will then decide the dose which is best for you depending on how you respond to lansoprazole
Patients with liver problems
If you have severe liver problems your doctor may keep your dose to one capsule a day.
Do not give lansoprazole to children.
If you take more lansoprazole than you should
Tell your doctor or go to your nearest hospital straight away. Remember to take with you any lansoprazole capsules that are left and
the pack. This is so the doctor knows what you have taken.
If you forget to take lansoprazole
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it is time for your next dose.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Keep taking the medicine until your doctor tells you to stop. Do not stop taking lansoprazole just because you feel better. If you do
stop taking lansoprazole your illness may get worse again.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop taking lansoprazole and see a doctor or go to a hospital straightaway if:
' You get swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, face, lips or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing. You could also
notice an itchy, lumpy rash (hives) or nettle rash (urticaria)
This may mean you are having an allergic reaction to Lansoprazole gastro-resistant capsules.
' You have blistering, peeling or bleeding of the skin around the lips, eyes, mouth, nose and genitals. You may also have flu-like
symptoms and a high temperature. These could be signs of something called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
' You get a severe blistering rash in which layers of the skin may peel off to leave large areas of raw exposed skin over the body
' You get symptoms such as: yellowing of your skin or whites of your eyes, tiredness and fever. This may be due to inflammation of
the liver or changes in the way your liver is working
While these are serious side effects that require urgent medical attention, they are very rare.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if:
' You get long lasting diarrhoea and keep being sick. This can happen because lansoprazole lowers the natural acid in your
stomach which would normally help to kill the bacteria there. This, in turn, can lead to stomach infections
' You have difficulty in passing water (urine). This may be due to kidney problems or changes in the way your kidneys are working
' You bruise more easily than usual or you get more infections than usual. This could be due to a blood problem
Men taking lansoprazole may have the following side effects:
Swelling of the breasts and being unable to get an erection (impotence). However, this is very unlikely to happen to you.
Other side effects include:
' Headaches, feeling tired and a general feeling of being unwell
' Feeling dizzy, possibly with a spinning feeling (vertigo)
' Strange sounds or visions (hallucinations)
' Blurred vision
' Low mood (depression), feeling confused
' Diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pain, feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting)
' Dry or sore mouth and throat, changes in the way things taste
' Rash or itching and being more sensitive to the sunlight than usual
' Swelling of the hands and feet, pins and needles
' Hair loss (alopecia)
' Pain in your muscles or joints
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in the leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. STORING LANSOPRAZOLE GASTRO-RESISTANT CAPSULES
' Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
' Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which you will find on the pack.
' Store in the original package.
' Do not store above 25oC.
' Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. Do not dispose of medicines by flushing down a toilet or a
sink or by throwing out with your normal household rubbish. This will help to protect the environment.
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