What is Lansoprazole?
Lansoprazole is a PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor) medication that treats stomach ailments especially the presence of too much acid in the stomach. It treats GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, erosive esophagitis, and indigestion.
The drug is used in conjunction with certain antibiotics as clarithromycin or amoxicillin in treating stomach ulcers. The medication is likewise used to cure ZES or Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, a condition that produces too much acid in the stomach.
How does Lansoprazole work?
Lansoprazole is an anti-ulcer medication. It is categorized as a PPI or proton pump inhibitor which blocks excess acid production inside the stomach. PPI drugs are used for treating ulcers, GERD, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, and hyperacidity. Like other PPI drugs, Lansoprazole works by blocking the enzymes inside the stomach walls that create acid. By effectively blocking these enzymes, the acid production is radically reduced and it enables the oesophagus as well as the stomach to heal itself.
What are the benefits of Lansoprazole?
Stomach pain caused by ulcers or too much acid production can be distressing and it prevents one from performing daily tasks. It helps reduce acidity levels inside the stomach enabling lesser symptoms and pain for patients. Once treated, they are back to their daily activities in no time.
Generally, you will take one capsule per day in the morning. Swallow the capsule whole with a sip of water. It is important that you do not crush or chew the capsule.
Main side-effects experienced are: Digestion problems (including stomach pain, constipation, diarrhoea, wind), sore throat, headache, nausea, skin irritation
Lansoprazole is the active ingredient.
The other ingredients contained in the medicine are Sugar spheres (sucrose and maize starch), Sodium laurilsulphate, Meglumine, Mannitol (E421), Hypromellose, Macrogol, Talc, Polysorbate 80, Titanium dioxide (E171), Methacrylic Acid-Ethyl Acrylate Copolymer (1:1), Dispersion 30%. Please Note: Different generic brands of Lansoprazole can contain different inactive ingredients than those listed here.