Lansoprazole
  • Lansoprazole

Lansoprazole

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Medication features

  • Treatment for indigestion/acid reflux
  • ONCE or TWICE daily as required
  • See GP if symptoms persist

NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you.

Overview

Buy Lansoprazole Online For Acid Reflux

You can order Lansoprazole for acid reflux from our UK registered online pharmacy and doctor service. No prescription is required, however, you will need to complete an online assessment, so our doctors can issue a prescription to our pharmacy. If our doctors approve your order, a prescription is passed to our pharmacy, who will then dispense and dispatch your medication.

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 GP 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

Your GP can run tests to rule out serious causes of acid reflux.

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.

Alternatives to lansoprazole

Certain lifestyle changes can be adopted to help improve acid reflux symptoms. The following are some basic suggestions;

  • Avoid eating 3 hours before bedtime
  • Eating smaller meals
  • Losing weight if overweight
  • Raising the head of the bed (so your chest is above the level of your waist)

There are also several other prescription and non-prescription treatments for acid reflux. The other most common prescription treatments are:

Over the counter treatments for acid reflux are also available. These can be bought from your local pharmacy or even supermarket. These treatments work by creating a barrier on top of the stomach to prevent acid reflux. Examples of these are;

FAQ

Lansoprazole FAQ

What is Lansoprazole?

Lansoprazole is a prescription medication used to help treat indigestion.

How Does Lansoprazole Work?

Lansoprazole works by reducing the amount of acid the stomach can produce.

How long does it take to work?

Lansoprazole should work quickly for heartburn although this varies between patients. Some people find symptoms improve after the first dose although it can take up to 4 weeks for the full effect to be seen. If symptoms have not improved after 5 days of taking lansoprazole, talk to your doctor/GP. Sometimes doctors will prescribe lansoprazole to help treat a stomach infection called H.Pylori. In these cases lansoprazole will be given alongside certain antibiotics for 7 or 14 days to eradicate the infection.

Can you buy Lansoprazole?

Yes, you can. You are, however, required to complete an online consultation form which is reviewed by one of our GPs to confirm that the treatment is suitable for you.

How much is Lansoprazole?

The starting price for the Lansoprazole starter pack is £39.50. For a full 12 week course, the cost is £11.95

How do you take Lansoprazole?

Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water. Do not crush or chew these capsules or the content of an emptied capsule because this will stop them from working properly. Lansoprazole works best if taken 30 minutes before food.

Can I get Lansoprazole on the NHS

Yes. To get Lansoprazole on the NHS, you will need to speak to your local GP. They will then be able to assess your needs, and if appropriate, issue you a prescription for Lansoprazole.

Can I take lansoprazole with other heartburn medication?

Antacids like Gaviscon can be used with lansoprazole but should be taken at least 2 hours after lansoprazole. If you find you need to use an antacid often while taking lansoprazole, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist. Apart from antacids, do not take other heartburn medication with lansoprazole.

Is it OK to take lansoprazole after food?

Yes, however you should ideally take if 30 minutes before food. It will still help you however if you take if after your meal.

Is lansoprazole better than omeprazole?

Both of these treatments are similarly effective in treating acid reflux.

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Treatment Comparison

Omeprazole / LosecRanitidine / Zantac
IngredientOmeprazole 10 or 20mgRanitidine 150 or 300mg
Mechanism of ActionPPI - reduces acid in stomachH2 Blocker - reduces acid in stomach
Common Side EffectsDiarrhoea, headache, nausea, and vomiting.Diarrhoea, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
DosageOne tablet up to twice daily as requiredOne tablet up to twice daily as required

Side Effects

Side effects of lansoprazole

Lansoprazole is a well-tolerated medication, however, there is always a risk of side effects when taking any medicine. It's important to read the patient information leaflet to be aware of the potential side effects when taking Lansoprazole.

Listed below are some of the more common side effects users of this medication may experience: 

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain

If you experience any of the serious side effects listed below, stop taking the medication and see your GP or out of hours health services immediately:

  • Allergic reaction with symptoms such as a swollen face, tongue or pharynx, difficulty swallowing, hives and trouble breathing
  • Serious skin reactions such as blistering, reddening and severe inflammation
  • Liver problems (can cause yellowing of the skin)

The above side effects are very rare.

If lansoprazole is taken long term (over 1 year) it can increase the risk of certain side effects:

  • Magnesium deficiency (can occur after 3 months of treatment)
  • Bone fractures or joint pain
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Gut infections

Your GP may want to monitor you more closely if you take lansoprazole long-term.

Reviews

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.

Warnings

Interactions with other medication

When filling out our online form, make sure to list any medication you currently take.

Lansoprazole can interact with some medicines and may cause side effects or reduce how well one or both medications work. Some of these medicines are listed below:

  • Medications for HIV
  • Methotrexate (used to treat autoimmune disease and cancer)
  • Ketoconazole, itraconazole, rifampicin (used to treat infections)
  • Digoxin (used to treat heart problems)
  • Warfarin (used as a blood thinner)
  • Theophylline (used to treat asthma)
  • Tacrolimus (used in organ transplant patients)
  • Fluvoxamine (used to treat depression and other psychiatric diseases)
  • Other medication for heartburn such as antacids
  • Sucralfate (used for healing ulcers)
  • The herbal medication St John ́s Wort 

Other conditions and lansoprazole

When filling out our online form, make sure to mention any medical conditions that you have.

Lansoprazole may not be safe for everyone, especially those who:

  • Have had an allergic reaction to lansoprazole or any other medicines in the past
  • Have liver disease
  • Are due to have an endoscopy
  • Have B12 deficiency or magnesium deficiency

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