Lansoprazole review

Lansoprazole is an efficient and useful drug mainly taken for stomach problems. This drug is known medically as a proton pump inhibitor. It prevents the stomach from producing acid in levels that might be detrimental to a person’s health. It is used more specifically against ulcers and also against gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a disease where the stomach acid actually comes up your throat and damages your esophagus. It is also used in conditions where the stomach produces too much acid like Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. On some occasions it may treat bacterial infections of the gastronomical tract, for example it can treat a Helicobacter pylori infection with antibiotics.

There are some precautions that patients should take before using lansoprazole. Patients that have recently suffered from kidney diseases and gastronomical diseases should inform their doctors so that adjustments can be made to the dosage of Lansoprazole. The drug affects the stomach and the kidney, so if either organ is delicate because of a recent sickness then it might be dangerous for the patient. Also patients taking nutritional supplements, herbal products, drugs like ampicillin, digoxin, ketoconazole, theophylline, and vitamins containing iron should tell their doctor what exactly they are taking because it might interfere with the Lansoprazole. Lansoprazole hasn’t been cleared for pregnant women, so if patients have become pregnant over the course of treatment than the doctor should be informed. Lansoprazole is also passed through a mother’s breast milk so nursing mothers should stop nursing while being treated.

Some side effects to this drug include stomach aches and diarrhea, rashes, nausea, drowsiness, and blurred vision. Bloating, back pain, pelvic pain, and neck pain may also be experienced while taking Lansoprazole. Dangerous side effects like unbearable stomach pain, liver dysfunction, severe skin rashes, and blood disorders should be reported to the treating physician immediately. Be aware that since drowsiness is a common side effect it is recommended that people taking this drug shouldn’t be driving or operating heavy machinery. It might be dangerous for them and for others.

In the United States a study was done on 87 adolescent patients, aged 12-17, that were afflicted with gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD. The researchers treated these patients with Lansoprazole for 8 weeks and had very good results. The tests showed that there was a 63% reduction in the frequency of the GERD symptoms and a 69% reduction in the severity of the attacks while the patients were on the 8 weeks of treatment. After the 8 weeks of treatment 95.5% of the patients were cured. Eventually all the patients were completely cured, and the longest time it took for a patient to be completely healed was 12 weeks.

Lansoprazole is sold under the brand names Prevacid and Prevpac. The capsules come in up to 30mgs and are colored black and pink. The drug is long lasting and has a delayed release, meaning that over the course of the day the drug will still be active. It is usually taken once a day, in the mornings before eating. Patients should strictly follow the prescription given by the doctor and take only the given dose.

Lansoprazole has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of lansoprazole

• Molecular formula of lansoprazole is C16H14F3N3O2S
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-[[3-methyl-4-(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)pyridin-2-yl]methylsulfinyl]-1H-benzoimidazole
• Molecular weight is 369.363 g/mol
Lansoprazole available : 15mg capsules, 30mg capsules

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