Dexilant

1 Dexlansoprazole (Oral Route): A Summary

Brand: Dexilant, Kapidex

Generic: Dexlansoprazole (Oral Route)

Brand name:

Dexilant, Kapidex.

Dexlansoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor used for the treatment of hyperacidity, and erosive esophagitis or "heartburn" caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease.

This drug works by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach. This drug requires a prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Before taking this drug, the risks and benefits for your body should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.

Studies in children regarding the relationship of age to the effects of dexlansoprazole have not been performed while safety and efficacy have not been established.

Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of dexlansoprazole.

Adverse effects have been reported in animal studies but studies in pregnant women or animals are still inadequate. Infant risk is still undetermined when using this drug during breastfeeding.

Discuss with your healthcare professional about the potential risks and benefits of taking this drug while breastfeeding.

Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:

  • Atazanavir
  • Bosutinib
  • Dabrafenib
  • Erlotinib
  • Gefitinib
  • Ketoconazole
  • Ledipasvir
  • Methotrexate
  • Mycophenolate
  • Mofetil
  • Mycophenolic Acid
  • Nilotinib
  • Pazopanib
  • Saquinavir
  • Vismodegib
  • Cranberry
  • Levothyroxine
  • Warfarin

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription and nonprescription drugs.

Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects.

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as Diarrhea, Hypomagnesemia, Osteoporosis, Seizures, or Liver disease.

3 Proper Usage

To prevent any side effects, take this drug exactly as directed on the label or as prescribed by your healthcare professional. The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients.

The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug.

Adults with erosive esophagitis are given 60 milligrams once a day for up to 8 weeks. To prevent erosive esophagitis from coming back and for the relief of heartburn, your health care professional may want you to take 30 mg once a day for up to 6 months.

Use and dose in children must be determined by your healthcare professional. Adults with gastroesophageal reflux disease are given 30 milligrams once a day for 4 weeks.

Use and dose in children must be determined by your healthcare professional. A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible.

However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose.

Store the drug in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. Keep out of the reach of children.

Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug. Unwanted effects can be screened using blood, urine, and other laboratory tests.

Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have symptoms of anaphylaxis such as rash, itching, hoarseness, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, or any swelling of your hands, face, or mouth while you are using this drug.

Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have symptoms of interstitial nephritis such as fever, joint pain, skin rash, swelling of the body, feet, or ankles, or unusual weight gain after taking this drug.

Taking this drug for a long time may make it harder for your body to absorb vitamin B12. Tell your healthcare professional if you have concerns about vitamin B12 deficiency.

Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have watery stool that does not go away, stomach pain, and fever while taking this drug.

This drug may increase your risk of having fractures of the hip, wrist, and spine especially if you are 50 years of age and older, if you receive high doses of this drug, or use it for one year or more.

This drug may cause hypomagnesemia especially if you are taking this drug for more than one year, or if you are taking this drug together with digoxin or certain diuretics.

Check with your healthcare professional immediately if you have convulsions, fast, racing, or uneven heartbeat, muscle spasms, tremors, or unusual tiredness or weakness.

Consult with your healthcare professional before you stop taking this drug. Check with your healthcare professional before you take any other prescription or nonprescription drugs, and herbal or vitamin supplements.

5 Potential Side Effects

Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.

Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:

  • burning
  • crawling
  • itching
  • numbness
  • prickling, "pins and needles" or tingling feelings
  • chest pain or discomfort
  • chest tightness or heaviness
  • confusion
  • continuing stomach pain
  • diarrhea
  • difficult or labored breathing
  • fast, irregular, pounding or racing heartbeat or pulse
  • fever
  • headache
  • incoherent speech
  • joint pain
  • stiffness or swelling
  • lightheadedness
  • dizziness or fainting muscle pain
  • cramps or weakness
  • nausea or vomiting
  • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet or lips
  • ┬ápain or discomfort in the arms, jaw, leg, back or neck
  • pounding in the ears
  • rash or hives
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands or feet
  • sweating, swelling of the eyelids, face, lips, hands or feet
  • swollen, painful or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit or groin
  • unusual bleeding or bruising
  • vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
  • watery or bloody diarrhea
  • blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin
  • chills
  • cough
  • drowsiness
  • muscle spasms or twitching
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • red, irritated eyes
  • seizures
  • sores, ulcers or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • swelling of the body, feet or ankles
  • trembling
  • unusual weight gain

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the drug, the side effects will slowly disappear.

Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional.

Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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