- What is lansoprazole, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- What brand names are available for lansoprazole?
- Is lansoprazole available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for lansoprazole?
- What are the side effects of lansoprazole?
- What is the dosage for lansoprazole?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with lansoprazole?
- Is lansoprazole safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about lansoprazole?
What is lansoprazole, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Proton pump inhibitors are used for the treatment of conditions such as ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome that are caused by stomach acid. Lansoprazole, like other proton-pump inhibitors, blocks the enzyme in the wall of the stomach that produces acid. By blocking the enzyme, the production of acid is decreased, and this allows the stomach and esophagus to heal.
What brand names are available for lansoprazole?
Heartburn Relief 24 Hour, Heartburn Treatment 24 Hour, Prevacid 24HR, Prevacid, Prevacid SoluTab
Is lansoprazole available as a generic drug?
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes, No (Prevacid OTC)
Do I need a prescription for lansoprazole?
What are the side effects of lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole like other PPIs is well-tolerated. The most common side effects are:
Other important side effects include:
Proton pump inhibitors may increase the risk of Clostridium difficile infection. High doses and long-term use (1 year or longer) may increase the risk of osteoporosis-related fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine. Prolonged use also reduces absorption of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin).
Long-term use of PPIs has also been associated with low levels of magnesium (hypomagnesemia). Analysis of patients taking PPIs for long periods of time showed an increased risk of heart attacks.
Therefore, it is important to use the lowest doses and shortest duration of treatment necessary for the condition being treated.
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