Generic Name: dexlansoprazole (DEX lan SOE pra zol)
Brand Name: Dexilant
Medically reviewed on November 23, 2016.
What is Dexilant?
Dexilant is a proton pump inhibitor that decreases the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
Dexilant may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
Heartburn is often confused with the first symptoms of a heart attack. Seek emergency medical attention if you have chest pain or pressure, pain spreading to your jaw or shoulder, nausea, sweating, and a general ill feeling.
To make sure Dexilant is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
severe liver disease;
low bone mineral density (osteopenia); or
low levels of magnesium in your blood.
Taking a proton pump inhibitor such as Dexilant may increase your risk of bone fracture in the hip, wrist, or spine. This effect has occurred mostly in people who have taken the medicine long term or at high doses, and in those who are age 50 and older. It is not clear whether this medicine is the actual cause of an increased risk of fracture.
This medicine is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether Dexilant passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Dexilant is not approved for use by anyone younger than 12 years old.
How should I take Dexilant?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Take this medicine with a full glass of water.
Dexilant may be taken with or without food.
Do not crush, chew, break, or open a delayed-release capsule. Swallow it whole.
If you are unable to swallow a delayed-release capsule whole: Open the capsule and sprinkle the medicine into a spoonful of applesauce. Swallow this mixture right away without chewing. Do not save the mixture for later use. Discard the empty capsule.
To heal erosive esophagitis and relieve heartburn, Dexilant is usually given for up to 6 months in adults, and for 4 to 16 weeks in children ages 12 through 17. Follow your doctor's dosing instructions very carefully.
Take this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the condition is fully treated.
This medicine can cause unusual results with certain medical tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Dexilant.
Dexilant can also cause you to have a false positive drug screening test. If you provide a urine sample for drug screening, tell the laboratory staff that you are taking this medicine.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using Dexilant.
If you use Dexilant for longer than 3 years, you could develop a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Talk to your doctor about how to manage this condition if you develop it.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking Dexilant?
This medicine can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
Dexilant side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
a seizure (convulsions);
sudden pain or trouble moving your hip, wrist, or back;
kidney problems--urinating more or less than usual, blood in your urine, swelling, rapid weight gain;
symptoms of low magnesium--dizziness, confusion; fast or uneven heart rate; tremors (shaking) or jerking muscle movements; feeling jittery;muscle cramps, muscle spasms in your hands and feet; cough or choking feeling.
Common side effects may include:
nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, gas;
mouth pain, sore throat; or
stuffy nose, sinus pain, or other cold symptoms.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Dexilant?
Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:
a diuretic or "water pill";
This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with dexlansoprazole, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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