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Dexilant is a medication used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and erosive esophagitis. It is part of a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs (Proton Pump Inhibitors). PPIs work by decreasing the amount of acid your stomach makes. It relieves symptoms such as heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and cough.
Dexilant is a medication used to reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach. Dexilant can provide quick relief from heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with GERD. Additionally, it can help heal erosions and ulcers in the esophagus caused by excess stomach acid.
Uses and Dosage
Dexilant is available in modified-release and delayed-release capsules and should be taken by mouth as directed by a medical doctor, typically once daily with or without food. Do not crush or chew the capsules. Swallow this medication whole. If you have trouble swallowing this medication whole. If your symptoms typically occur after a meal, your doctor may advise you to take your dose each day before the same meal for optimal results.
The recommended dosage and length of treatment for Dexilant depends on your medical condition and response to treatment. Take Dexilant at the same time each day and take the entire dose, even if you are feeling better. Your doctor may recommend that you take Dexilant for up to 8 weeks.
- For the treatment of inflamed esophagus, the typical dose of dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) is 60 mg by mouth once daily for up to 2 months.
- For the relief of heartburn and maintenance of healed inflamed esophagus, the typical dose is 30 mg by mouth once daily for up to 6 months in adults and up to 4 months for children.
- For GERD, the typical dose is 30 mg by mouth once daily for up to 1 month.
Common Side Effects of Dexlansoprazole:
- Abdominal pain
- Weight gain
- Stuffy nose
- High blood pressure
Serious Side Effects of Dexlansoprazole:
- Severe abdominal pain
- Seizures or convulsions
- Sudden pain when moving the back, hip, or wrist
- Low levels of magnesium as characterized by irregular heart rate, tremors, muscle cramps, choking feeling, muscle spasms, and feeling jittery
- Signs of kidney problems (urinating less than usual, sudden weight gain, loss of appetite, blood in the urine, fever, rash, joint pain)
- Fundic gland polyps
- Bone fractures
- Vitamin B12 deficiency
Allergic Reactions of Dexlansoprazole
- Trouble breathing
- Swelling of the face and throat
- Severe dizziness
Form and strength
Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) is available in the following forms and strength:
Dexilant: Delayed Release capsule
Dexlansoprazole: Modified Release Capsule
- Dexilant can cause kidney problems, tell your doctor if you are urinating less than usual or if you have blood in your urine. In some cases, this could be a sign of an underlying medical condition, get medical advice if this occurs.
- Elderly patients should be aware of the increased risk of bone fracture and bone loss associated with Dexilant use. Prolonged use of PPIs may affect bone mineral density, and it is essential to talk to your doctor about ways to reduce the risk of fractures and osteoporosis.
- When taking Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), avoid drinking any alcoholic beverages as this may interact with the drug and alter how it is released into the system.
- During pregnancy, Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) should only be used when clearly needed. The risks and benefits may vary depending on your individual situation, to talk to your doctor about your specific medical needs.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is dexlansoprazole (Dexilant) safe to take long-term?
Continuing to take Dexilant longer than recommended can raise your risk of certain health concerns, such as bone fractures, diarrhea, and low magnesium levels. In most cases, it is not meant to be taken for longer than 1 to 2 months at a time.
How does Dexilant work?
Dexilant works by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach. This helps to relieve symptoms such as heartburn and indigestion and helps to heal the esophagus.
How is Dexilant taken?
Dexilant is usually taken once a day, either in the morning or evening, with or without food. It should be taken at least one hour before a meal.
Is Dexilant safe to take during pregnancy?
Dexilant should only be used when clearly needed during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about the potential risks and benefits of taking Dexilant.
It's important to purchase Dexilant from verified Canadian pharmacy.