What is Lansoprazole Oro-dispersible?
Lansoprazole oro-dispersible belongs to a group of medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPI), which are licensed for the treatment of acid reflux. The branded name of this medication is Zoton which is manufactured by AstraZenca. Lansoprazole oro-dispersible rapidly disperses when placed on the tongue allowing faster absorption of the medication and in turn symptoms relief.
How does Lansoprazole Oro-dispersible work?
Lansoprazole oro-dispersible works to control symptoms of acid reflux by reducing acid production in the stomach directly. It does this by blocking an enzyme called a ‘proton pump’, which is involved in the final step of stomach acid formation. Lansoprazole oro-dispersible is taken once daily and is effective for up to 24 hours. It works rapidly to control symptoms and can reduce acid secretion by 80% after a single dose.
How do I take Lansoprazole Oro-dispersible tablets?
Lansoprazole oro-dispersible tablets should be taken in the morning at least half an hour before food for best absorption. These tablets should be placed on the tongue and sucked allowing rapid dispersion and absorption of medication. If there is no improvement in symptoms after 14 days of taking this medication or symptoms are still present after 28 days of treatment, you should see your GP to discuss alternate options.
What are the cautions related to taking Lansoprazole?
Although Lansoprazole is a commonly prescribed medication in the UK, it is still important to check if the medication is suitable for you. Lansoprazole should not be used by people suffering with certain conditions or those using certain medications. You should always read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Lansoprazole oro-dispersible before taking this medication to ensure it is safe for you to use.
Use of Lansoprazole oro-dispersible and Antacids
In some patients antacids (Gaviscon, Rennie) may be used in combination with PPIs such as Lansoprazole to provide optimal symptom relief. When this combination is used there should be a gap of at least 2 hours between taking the two medications.
What are the side-effects of Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole like all medications can be associated with certain side effects although not all patients would experience these.
Common Lansoprazole side effects to look out for include:
- Abdominal pain & flatulence
- Diarrhoea or Constipation
- Dizziness – if this occurs patients should avoid skilled tasks such as driving and operating machinery
- Rash & itching
- Nausea and vomiting
For more information about the side effects associated with this medication please see the patient information leaflet (PIL) or contact PostMyMeds.
Where can I find more information on Acid Reflux and Lansoprazole Orodispersible Tablets?
Please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) for more information on this medication. You can find more information about Acid Reflux on the Conditions category page.