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What is Lansoprazole?

Lansoprazole is a prescription-only treatment for heartburn. The active ingredient shares the same name as the product - Lansoprazole. If you are looking to buy Lansoprazole online, it is available in oral tablets from our online pharmacy.

Lansoprazole helps to prevent the pain and discomfort you experience due to heartburn by preventing the stomach from making an abundant amount of stomach acid during digestion.

While you cannot buy Lansoprazole over the counter, you can buy Lansoprazole online from Prescription Doctor, following a short consultation with our doctor. A prescription can be issued online for our UK registered pharmacy to fulfil.

When you buy Lansoprazole through our online service, our UK based pharmacy will dispatch your item in discreet packaging to ensure your privacy. Items are dispatched straight to your door via a next-day delivery service, to ensure you get relief from heartburn as soon as possible.

What is heartburn?

Heartburn, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and acid reflux, is a condition in which stomach acid rises up the oesophagus. This can happen when the lower oesophageal sphincter, a muscle which prevents the stomach contents from reaching the oesophagus, becomes weakened or relaxed.

Stomach acid entering oesophagus during GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is the American spelling of Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease, GORD.

When the oesophagus is exposed to stomach acid, the oesophageal tissue can become inflamed and damaged.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease can also cause asthma symptoms to flare up. If you are asthmatic and have gastroesophageal reflux disease, speak to your doctor or asthma nurse about managing your GORD symptoms.

Symptoms of heartburn include:

  • Burning pain in the chest
  • Pain at the back of the throat
  • Recurrent coughing or hiccups
  • Sour taste in the mouth

While heartburn itself is not a serious condition, stomach acid can damage the cells in the oesophagus which carries risks of further complications, such as Barrett's oesophagus. Speak to your doctor if you are concerned about developing Barrett's oesophagus as a result of chronic GORD.

There are steps you can take to prevent heartburn from developing, such as:

  • Avoid foods which might trigger heartburn or indigestion
  • Avoid lying down straight after a meal
  • Eating food slowly
  • Reducing the amount of food you eat before bed

Other possible causes of heartburn include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medicines (such as ibuprofen)
  • Pregnancy
  • Smoking
  • Stress

If you believe a medication you are taking is causing heartburn, speak to your doctor or ask a pharmacist for advice. They may be able to prescribe or recommend a heartburn treatment for you.

For relief from heartburn, Lansoprazole can be prescribed.


How does Lansoprazole work?

When you eat food, contractions in the oesophagus push chewed up food (known as bolus) down towards the stomach. Where the lower oesophagus meets the stomach, there is a sphincter. As bolus approaches the stomach, it triggers nerves which stimulate the sphincter to relax, allowing the chewed up food to enter the stomach. Once the food is in the stomach, the sphincter closes to prevent stomach acid from reaching the oesophagus.

In some people, the lower oesophageal sphincter is weakened and doesn't provide a tight enough seal to prevent stomach acid from reaching the sensitive tissue of the oesophagus. This causes stomach acid to enter the oesophagus, resulting in the distinct burning sensation.

Foods high in fat, including chocolate, cheese and whole milk, can weaken the lower oesophageal sphincter, increasing the risk of heartburn. Foods which take longer to digest, such as spicy foods, can also increase your risk of oesophageal reflux. Acidic and spicy foods might also worsen your heartburn symptoms.

Lansoprazole decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Known as a proton pump inhibitor, the medicine prevents cells in the lining of the stomach from producing stomach acid.

By reducing excess acid in the stomach, the chances of developing heartburn are reduced.


How do I take Lansoprazole?

For the treatment of heartburn and indigestion, take one 15 mg or one 30 mg gastro-resistant capsule in the morning before breakfast. Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water. It is recommended to take Lansoprazole at least 30 minutes before a meal.

A typical dose for gastroesophageal reflux disease is one 30 mg capsule daily for 4 weeks.

If you have trouble swallowing tablets, you can empty the contents of the capsule into a glass of water or juice and drink it immediately. Alternatively, you can empty the capsule's contents onto soft food to make it easier to take.

If you are unsure about how much you should take, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for advice.


Lansoprazole side effects and cautions

All medicines carry the risk of side effects, though not everybody gets them. It is important to familiarise yourself with the patient information leaflet which comes enclosed with your medicine.

You can also view the patient information leaflet for Lansoprazole online here.

Common side effects (may affect more than 1 in 100 people):

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Fatigue
  • Flatulence
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Skin rash
  • Stomach pain
  • Vomiting

This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. See the leaflet enclosed with your medicine for a full list of side effects.

If you notice any side effects, whether they are listed above or in the patient information leaflet, report them to your doctor or a pharmacist. You can use the NHS' Find A Pharmacy service to find a pharmacy near you.

Allergies

Do not take Lansoprazole if you have previously had an allergic reaction to Lansoprazole or similar medicines, or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in the patient information leaflet enclosed with your medicine.

Signs of an allergic reaction include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Fever
  • Raised skin rash (hives)
  • Severe drop in blood pressure
  • Swelling of the lips, face, tongue and throat

If you experience an allergic reaction after taking Lansoprazole, seek immediate medical attention by going to the A&E department of the nearest hospital.

Who should not take Lansoprazole?

Lansoprazole is not suitable for everybody. Before taking Lansoprazole, speak to your doctor if you are also taking:

  • Antacids
  • Clopidogrel
  • Digoxin
  • Fluvoxamine
  • HIV medicines
  • Itraconazole
  • Ketoconazole
  • Methotrexate
  • Phenytoin
  • Rifampicin
  • St John's wort
  • Sucralfate
  • Tacrolimus
  • Theophylline

Please inform our prescriber of any medicine you take, including those prescribed by your doctor and those bought over-the-counter, including health and herbal supplements, before you buy Lansoprazole. Our doctors will determine whether the treatment is safe for you.

Other safety information

Always speak to your doctor before you buy Lansoprazole online from Prescription Doctor.

Never take Lansoprazole past the expiry date printed on the packaging. The date refers to the last day of the specified month.

Do not throw away medicine via household or water waste. Take any unwanted or expired medicine to your local pharmacy and ask them to dispose of them safely on your behalf.

Always keep medicine out of the sight and reach of children and pets.

Never share your medicine with anyone else, even if they are experiencing the same or similar symptoms to you.


Frequently asked questions

What if I forget to take Lansoprazole?

If you forget to take Lansoprazole when you should, take it as soon as you remember.

Do not take more Lansoprazole to make up for the dose you missed.

What if I take too much Lansoprazole?

Accidentally taking 1 or 2 extra doses is unlikely to harm you. But you should inform your doctor, especially if you notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Blurred vision
  • Disorientation
  • Flushed skin
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Sleepiness
  • Sweating

Can I drink alcohol while taking Lansoprazole?

While alcohol is unlikely to interact with Lansoprazole, alcohol consumption can exacerbate symptoms of heartburn.

If you are suffering from heartburn, you should consider restricting or avoiding alcohol consumption.

Will Lansoprazole affect my ability to drive or operate machinery?

Lansoprazole can cause dizziness, fatigue and blurred vision. If you experience these side effects, you should avoid driving or operating machinery until you feel well enough to do so.

Can I take Lansoprazole while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Lansoprazole should not be taken during pregnancy, but may be suitable to take while breastfeeding. Speak to your doctor for more information about whether Lansoprazole is safe for you.

You should inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before taking Lansoprazole.

Your doctor may offer a different medicine called Omeprazole, which is safe to take during pregnancy.

Can I buy Lansoprazole over the counter in the UK?

Lansoprazole is only available on prescription and cannot be bought over the counter in the UK. However, you can buy Lansoprazole online from Prescription Doctor. Our all-inclusive service allows you to get a prescription for Lansoprazole online following an online consultation.

Do I need a prescription for Lansoprazole?

In order to buy Lansoprazole, you will need a prescription from a doctor. Our online doctor can issue a prescription of Lansoprazole for you, following an online medical form.

How long does Lansoprazole take to work?

You should notice your heartburn symptoms reduce within 2 or 3 days of taking Lansoprazole. It is usually recommended taking 30 mg of Lansoprazole for 4 weeks. Always follow your doctor's prescription.


Table of contents

What is Lansoprazole?

How does Lansoprazole work?

How do I take Lansoprazole?

Lansoprazole side effects and cautions

Frequently asked questions

Additional resources

What's the difference between omeprazole and lansoprazole?

References

NHS, 2017. Heartburn and acid reflux.

Zentiva, 2018. Lansoprazole 15 mg gastro-resistant capsules: Summary of Product Characteristics.

Treatment information

  • Product Name: Lansoprazole
  • Manufacturer: Teva
  • Administration: Oral
  • Presentation: Gastro-resistant capsule
  • Available Strength: 15 mg or 30 mg
  • Exemption: Prescription-only
  • Application: Men and women over 18
  • Dosage: One capsule daily
  • Description: Lansoprazole is a treatment for heartburn and acid reflux
  • Drug Class: Proton pump inhibitor
  • Alcohol Consumption: Avoid or limit alcohol consumption
  • When Pregnant: Do not take while pregnant. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
  • When Breastfeeding: Speak to your doctor before taking Lansoprazole if you are breastfeeding.
Click here to view the Lansoprazole - Patient Information Leaflet

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