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All about: Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets

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Generic Name: Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets (lan-SOE-pra-zole)
Brand Name: Prevacid SoluTab

Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets is used for:

Preventing or treating certain types of ulcers. It is also used to treat symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (eg, heartburn) and irritation of the esophagus. It is also used to treat conditions that cause your body to make too much stomach acid (eg, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets is a proton pump inhibitor. It works by decreasing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.

Do NOT use Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets
  • you are taking an HIV protease inhibitor (eg, atazanavir)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets:

Some medical conditions may interact with Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems or stomach or bowel cancer
  • if you have phenylketonuria

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Clarithromycin or voriconazole because they may increase the risk of Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets's side effects
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) or digoxin because the risk of their side effects may be increased by Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets
  • Azole antifungals (eg, ketoconazole), HIV protease inhibitors (eg, atazanavir), iron, or theophylline because their effectiveness may be decreased by Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets:

Use Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets by mouth on an empty stomach before eating.
  • Do not chew or swallow the tablet. Place the tablet on the tongue and allow it to dissolve until the particles can be swallowed. Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets can be taken with or without water. The tablet usually dissolves in less than 1 minute.
  • If you have trouble taking the tablet, you may also dissolve it in water. Place the tablet in an oral syringe. If you are taking the 15 mg tablet, draw up 4 mL of water. If you are taking the 30 mg tablet, draw up 10 mL of water. Shake gently until the tablet dissolves. Swallow the mixture within 15 minutes after mixing. Do not store the mixture for use at a later time. After you take your dose, refill the syringe with 2 mL of water for the 15 mg tablet or 5 mL of water for the 30 mg tablet. Shake gently and swallow.
  • You may take antacids while you are using Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets if you are directed to do so by your doctor.
  • If you are also taking an imidazole antifungal (eg, ketoconazole), take it at least 2 hours before taking Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets.
  • If you also take sucralfate, take Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets at least 30 minutes before taking sucralfate.
  • Continue to take Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets.

Important safety information:

  • Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Contact your doctor if you have any symptoms of a bleeding ulcer, such as black, tarry stools or vomit that looks like coffee grounds; or if you experience throat pain, chest pain, severe stomach pain, or trouble swallowing.
  • Some of these products contain phenylalanine. If you must have a diet that is low in phenylalanine, ask your pharmacist if it is in your product.
  • Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets.
  • Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets should be used with caution in Asian patients; the risk of side effects may be increased in these patients.
  • Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 year old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets while you are pregnant. It is not known if Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets.

Possible side effects of Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; headache; nausea; stomach pain.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); chest pain; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizure; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual tiredness; vision changes.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets:

Store Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Brief storage at temperatures between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) is permitted. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Lansoprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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