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Dexlansoprazole

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Uses

Dexlansoprazole is used in the treatment of acidity, heartburn, intestinal ulcers and stomach ulcers.

How it works

Dexlansoprazole lowers the acid production in the stomach.

Common side effects

Nausea, Headache, Abdominal pain, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Flatulence

Available Medicine

  • ₹135 to ₹195
    MSN Laboratories
    2 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor if you do not feel better after taking it for 14 days as you may be suffering from some other problem that needs attention.
  • Dexlansoprazole can decrease magnesium levels in blood. Get your magnesium levels checked regularly. You may need a magnesium supplement or need to discontinue your medicine. 
  • Inform your doctor if you are suffering from osteoporosis as Dexlansoprazole can weaken your bones by decreasing calcium levels in blood. You may need a calcium supplement, preferably calcium citrate.
  • Dexlansoprazole is a well-tolerated medicine and provides relief for a long time.
  • It may take a few days to show its effect. You can take an antacid for a quick relief during this time unless your doctor has asked you not to use them.
  • Once you start feeling better, do not stop taking your medicine. Take it for the duration advised by your doctor.

Frequently asked questions

Dexlansoprazole

Q. For how long should I take dexlansoprazole?
Dexlansoprazole is used in adults for 4 weeks to treat heartburn related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in which the acid from your stomach enters the food pipe (esophagus) and can damage its lining. It is used for up to 8 weeks to heal acid-related damage to the lining of the esophagus (called reflux esophagitis or RE) and may be for up to 6 months to continue healing of erosive esophagitis and relief of heartburn depending on your condition.
Q. How does dexlansoprazole work for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) happens when there is a high acid secretion your stomach and it enters your food pipe (esophagus) and causes a burning feeling in your chest (heartburn) or throat, sour taste or burping. Dexlansoprazole acts by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach, thereby relieving the symptoms of GERD.
Q. Is dexlansoprazole better than lansoprazole?
Dexlansoprazole is an r-enantiomer of lansoprazole. An enantiomer is one of the two molecules that are mirror images of each other and are non-superimposable. Although there is no data or research done to determine whether dexlansoprazole is better than lansoprazole, different patients may find that one works better than the other for them.
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Q. Are there any withdrawal symptoms associated with the use of dexlansoprazole?
There are no withdrawal symptoms seen when you stop using dexlansoprazole.
Q. Is dexlansoprazole available over the counter?
No, dexlansoprazole is not available as an over-the-counter medication. It is a prescription medicine and is available only when prescribed by a physician.
Q. Can dexlansoprazole cause diarrhea?
Use of dexlansoprazole may increase your risk of getting severe diarrhea. This diarrhea may be caused by an infection (Clostridium difficile) in your intestines. Consult your doctor if you have watery stool, stomach pain, and fever that does not go away while you are taking this medicine.
Q. Can long term use of dexlansoprazole cause magnesium deficiency?
Long-term use of dexlansoprazole can lower your magnesium levels. People who take multiple daily doses of dexlansoprazole for a year or longer (at least 3 months) are at increased risk of magnesium deficiency. Tell your doctor if you develop any of the symptoms like seizures, dizziness, abnormal or fast heartbeat, jitteriness, jerking movements or shaking (tremors), muscle weakness, spasms of the hands and feet, cramps, muscle aches or spasm of the voice box. You must get your magnesium levels checked at regular intervals if you are advised to take dexlansoprazole for a long period.
Q. Can I take dexlansoprazole with clopidogrel?
Dexlansoprazole can be safely taken with clopidogrel. No clinically important changes in the action of clopidogrel have been seen when dexlansoprazole and clopidogrel are used together.
Q. Is dexlansoprazole better than esomeprazole?
Dexlansoprazole and esomeprazole belong to the same class of medicines and works the same way. Some studies do mention that dexlansoprazole leads to better control of symptoms like heartburn as compared to esomeprazole. However, there is no definitive evidence that dexlansoprazole is better than esomeprazole and different patients may find that one works better than the other for them.
Q. Is dexlansoprazole a narcotic?
Dexlansoprazole is not a narcotic. It belongs to the class of proton pump inhibitors.
Q. Is dexlansoprazole a controlled substance?
Dexlansoprazole is not a controlled substance. It is available when prescribed by a doctor.
Q. Does dexlansoprazole has an expiry date?
Yes, dexlansoprazole does expire. Please check the expiry date written on the pack and it refers to the last day of that month. Do not use dexlansoprazole after the expiry date.

Content on this page was last updated on 23 May, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)