What is this medication?
Proton pump inhibitor
Dexlansoprazole, Dexilant is indicated for treatment of erosive esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease
How does this medication work?
Dexlansoprazole, Dexilant works by blocking the gastric H+/K+ ATPase which is the final step in gastric acid production.
How should I take this medication?
Oral: 30mg to 60mg once daily.
How to Take: Can be taken with or without food. Capsules should be swallowed whole; do not chew. Alternatively, patients who are unable to swallow capsules may open the capsule, sprinkle the intact granules onto 1 tablespoon of applesauce, and swallow intact granules immediately (do not chew granules). Do not save applesauce and granule mixture for later use. Capsules may also be opened for administration via NG tube or oral syringe.
What should I watch for while using this medication?
Before starting Dexlansoprazole, Dexilant make sure your physician is aware of any allergies medications you currently take. Use of proton pump inhibitors in general can increase your risk of C-difficile, especially in hospitalized patients. The long-term use of proton pump inhibitors is discouraged because of an increased incidence of osteoporosis-related bone fractures of the hip, spine, or wrist may occur. In addition, there is a increase risk of fundic gland polyps and interstitial nephritis.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
How should I store this medication?
Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 59 to 86° F (15 to 30° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.
What are the possible side effects of using this medication?
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, flatulence, headache.
Note this is not a complete list of side effects, only common ones.
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