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 What Is Lansoprazole?

Lansoprazole is a drug that reduces the amount of acid the stomach makes. It is a part of a family of drugs called proton pump inhibitors. This class of drug is sometimes abbreviated to PPIs. 

It can be used to treat a number of conditions. Most commonly, it is used to treat indigestion and heartburn/acid reflux.

Heartburn (acid reflux), occurs when stomach acid travels up the gullet to the throat. This can cause a burning sensation in the chest and leave an unpleasant taste in the back of the mouth. If acid reflux continues long term, it is called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or GORD.

Dyspepsia, more commonly referred to as indigestion, is discomfort in the stomach that can cause you to feel bloated or sick. Acid reflux is also a symptom of indigestion.

Lansoprazole is an effective treatment in treating these conditions and can often improve symptoms of heartburn and indigestion.

Acid reflux can sometimes be caused by serious diseases. Please see your doctor if:

  • Symptoms persist longer than 5 days despite taking lansoprazole
  • You have frequent episodes of heartburn for 3 weeks or more
  • Lifestyle changes or over the counter medicines do not improve symptoms
  • You notice other symptoms, such as  food getting stuck in the throat, being sick often or unexpected weight loss

When filling out our online form make sure to list all of your symptoms, even if they do not seem linked to acid reflux.

Certain factors can cause or worsen acid reflux and indigestion:

  • Fatty, rich or spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Caffeinated drinks, such as coffee or fizzy drinks
  • Stress
  • Certain medications, such as ibuprofen

How does lansoprazole work?

Lansoprazole is a proton pump inhibitor. This means it stops the proton pumps producing acid. The lining of the stomach contains proton pumps which pump acid into the stomach. This helps to digest food. Acid reflux is caused by this acid travelling up from the stomach to the gullet or throat.

By reducing the amount of acid in the stomach, Lansoprazole helps improve symptoms of indigestion and heartburn.Lansoprazole

Lansoprazole capsules are available in strengths of 15 mg or 30 mg. Our doctors can also prescribe orodispersible versions of lansoprazole. These are useful if a patient has trouble swallowing capsules.