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Dexilant is an oral tablet made up of a proton pump inhibitor drug called dexlansoprazole. We carry this medication in 30mg and 60mg.
Dexilant is used to help treat problems surrounding the stomach and esophagus. This includes conditions like GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), where a person might experience symptoms such as acid reflux, heartburn, or a persistent cough. Dexilant can also be used to heal damage caused to the esophagus from stomach acid; this is known as erosive esophagitis. When the esophagus is damaged, a person may vomit blood, have a decrease in appetite and may experience pain when swallowing. Dexilant can also protect your esophagus from cancer, as well as ulcers.
Dexlansoprazole helps these conditions and their symptoms by decreasing the amount of acid that is produced by your stomach. Acid is the leading cause of most of the symptoms listed.
Only take this medication the way that your doctor has directed you too. Taking the incorrect dose can lead to unwanted side effects, ineffectiveness, or adverse interactions.
You may take this medication with or without food but you must swallow the tablet whole; do not crush, chew or break it open. An exception to break the tablet can be made if you cannot swallow pills; in that case, you may break open the tablet and sprinkle the medication into a spoonful of apple sauce.
Use all of your medication prescribed, even if the condition clears up before you have finished the full amount.
Store at room temperature away from heat and moisture.
This medication can sometimes cause kidney problems and can create or worsen symptoms of lupus. Heart burn can sometimes mimic early symptoms of a heart attack. Keep an eye out for signs of kidney problems, lupus, and a heart attack.
You may be more at risk for breaking bones if you take Dexilant for a prolonged time or more than once per day.
Go over all the ingredients found in Dexilant with your doctor to make sure you are not allergic to any of its contents. You may want to avoid this product if you are on any medications containing rilpivirine.
Dexilant is not expected to harm an unborn baby; tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant. It may not be safe for a mother to breastfeed while on Dexilant.
This medication should not be used in children under 12 years old.
You should also mention to your doctor if you have ever had:
Common side effects of Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) may include:
The above side effects should not alarm you.
Serious side effects of Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) may include:
If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.
Signs to watch for:
kidney problems--urinating more or less than usual, blood in your urine, swelling, rapid weight gain;
low magnesium--dizziness, fast or irregular heart rate, tremors (shaking) or jerking muscle movements, feeling jittery, muscle cramps, muscle spasms in your hands and feet, cough or choking feeling; or
new or worsening symptoms of lupus--joint pain, and a skin rash on your cheeks or arms that worsens in sunlight.
Heart attack-- pressure, tightness, pain, a squeezing or aching sensation in your chest or arms that may spread to your neck, jaw or back, nausea, indigestion, heartburn or abdominal pain, and shortness of breath.
What is the best dosage to take?
The average recommended dose to heal erosive esophagitis and relief of heartburn is one 30 mg capsule once daily; for up to 6 months for adults and 16 weeks in those 12-17 years old.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the miss dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Never double up on dosages.
Is this medication safe for children?
This medication is safe for children however it should not be used in children under the age of 12 years old.
What else can this medication possibly cause?
Taking dexlansoprazole for an extended period of time increases your risk of developing a stomach growth called fundic gland polyps; speak to your doctor to find out the risks.
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