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Package Leaflet: Information for the patient
Lansoprazole 15 mg & 30 mg gastro-resistant capsules
Lansoprazole
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
If you get any of the side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist . This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What in this leaflet
1.
What Lansoprazole Capsules is and what it is used for
2.
What you need to know before you take Lansoprazole Capsules
3.
How to take Lansoprazole Capsules
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Lansoprazole Capsules
6.
Contents of the pack and other information
1.

What Lansoprazole Capsules is and what it is used for

The active ingredient in Lansoprazole is lansoprazole, which is a proton pump inhibitor. Proton pump
inhibitors reduce the amount of acid that your stomach makes.
Your doctor may prescribe Lansoprazole for the following indications:
 Treatment of duodenal and stomach ulcer
 Treatment of inflammation in your oesophagus (reflux oesophagitis)
 Prevention of reflux oesophagitis
 Treatment of heartburn and acid regurgitation
 Treatment of infections caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori when given in combination
with antibiotic therapy
 Treatment or prevention of duodenal or stomach ulcer in patients requiring continued NSAID
 treatment (NSAID treatment is used against pain or inflammation)
 Treatment of Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
Your doctor may have prescribed Lansoprazole for another indication or with a dose different from
that which is written in this information leaflet. Please follow your doctor’s instructions for taking
your medicine.
2.

What you need to know before you take Lansoprazole Capsules

Do not take Lansoprazole if you are:
 if you are allergic to lansoprazole or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in
section 6)
 if you are taking a medicine containing the active substance atazanavir (used in the treatment
of HIV).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Lansoprazole Capsules
 if you are due to have a specific blood test (Chromogranin A).

 if you have ever had a skin reaction after treatment with a medicine similar to Lansoprazole
that reduces stomach acid.
If you get a rash on your skin, especially in areas exposed to the sun tell your doctor as soon as you
can, as you may need to stop your treatment with Lansoprazole. Remember to also mention any other
ill-effects like pain in your joints.
Please tell your doctor if you have serious liver disease. The doctor may have to adjust your dosage.
Your doctor may perform or have performed an additional investigation called an endoscopy in order
to diagnose your condition and/or exclude malignant disease.
If diarrhoea occurs during the treatment with Lansoprazole contact your doctor immediately, as
Lansoprazole has been associated with a small increase in infectious diarrhoea.
If your doctor has given you Lansoprazole in addition to other medicines intended for the treatment of
Helicobacter pylori infection (antibiotics) or together with anti-inflammatory medicines to treat your
pain or rheumatic disease: Please also read the package leaflets of these medicines carefully.
Taking a proton pump inhibitor like Lansoprazole Capsules, especially over a period of more than one
year, may slightly increase your risk of fracture in the hip, wrist or spine. Tell your doctor if you have
osteoporosis or if you are taking corticosteroids (which can increase the risk of osteoporosis).
If you take Lansoprazole on a long-term basis (longer than 1 year) your doctor will probably keep you
under regular surveillance. You should report any new and exceptional symptoms and circumstances
whenever you see your doctor.
Children
Lansoprazole should not be given to children.
Other medicines and Lansoprazole Capsules
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking have recently taken or might take any other
medicines.
In particular tell your doctor if you are taking medicines containing any of the following active
substances as Lansoprazole may affect the way these drugs work:
 ketoconazole, itraconazole, rifampicin (used to treat infections)
 digoxin (used to treat heart problems)
 theophylline (used to treat asthma)
 tacrolimus (used to prevent transplant rejection)
 fluvoxamine (used to treat depression and other psychiatric diseases)
 antacids (used to treat heartburn or acid regurgitation)
 sucralfate (used for healing ulcers)
 St John´s wort (Hypericum perforatum) (used to treat mild depression)
Lansoprazole Capsules with food and drink
For the best results from your medicines you should take Lansoprazole at least 30 minutes before
food.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or planning to have a baby, ask your
doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Side effects such as dizziness, vertigo, tiredness and visual disturbances sometimes occur in patients
taking Lansoprazole. If you experience side effects like these you should take caution as your ability
to react may be decreased.

You alone are responsible to decide if you are in a fit condition to drive a motor vehicle or perform
other tasks that demand increased concentration. Because of their effects or undesirable effects, one of
the factors that can reduce your ability to do these things safely is your use of medicines.
Descriptions of these effects can be found in other sections.
Read all the information in this leaflet for guidance.
Discuss with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are unsure about anything.
Lansoprazole Capsules contains sucrose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor
before taking this medicine.
3.

How to take Lansoprazole Capsules Swallow the capsule whole with a glass of water. If you
find the capsules difficult to swallow your doctor may advise on alternative ways to take your
medicine. Do not crush or chew these capsules or the content of an emptied capsule because this
will stop them from working properly.

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure.
If you are taking Lansoprazole once a day, try to take it at the same time each day. You may get best
results if you take Lansoprazole first thing in the morning.
If you are taking Lansoprazole twice a day, you should have the first dose in the morning and the
second dose in the evening.
The dose of Lansoprazole depends on your condition.The recommended dose of Lansoprazole is given
below. Your doctor will sometimes prescribe you a different dose and will tell you how long your
treatment will last.
Treatment of heartburn and acid regurgitation: one 15 mg or 30 mg capsule for 4 weeks. If
symptoms persist you should report to your doctor. If your symptoms are not relieved within 4 weeks,
please contact your doctor.
Treatment of duodenal ulcer: one 30 mg capsule every day for 2 weeks.
Treatment of stomach ulcer: one 30 mg capsule every day for 4 weeks.
Treatment of inflammation in your oesophagus (reflux oesophagitis): one 30 mg capsule every
day for 4 weeks.
Long-term prevention of reflux oesophagitis: one 15 mg capsule every day, your doctor may adjust
your dose to one 30 mg capsule every day.
Treatment of infection of Helicobacter pylori: The usual dose is one 30 mg capsule in combination
with two different antibiotics in the morning and one 30 mg capsule in combination with two different
antibiotics in the evening. Treatment will usually be every day for 7 days.
The recommended combinations of antibiotics are:
- 30 mg Lansoprazole together with 250-500 mg clarithromycin and 1000 mg amoxicillin
- 30 mg Lansoprazole together with 250 mg clarithromycin and 400-500 mg metronidazole
If you are being treated for infection because you have an ulcer, it is unlikely that your ulcer will
return if the infection is successfully treated. To give your medicine the best chance of working, take it
at the right time and do not miss a dose.

Treatment of duodenal or stomach ulcer in patients requiring continued NSAID treatment: one
30 mg capsule every day for 4 weeks.
Prevention of duodenal or stomach ulcer in patients requiring continued NSAID treatment: one
15 mg capsule every day, your doctor may adjust your dose to one 30 mg capsule every day.
Zollinger-Ellison syndrome: The usual dose is two 30 mg capsules every day to start with, then
depending on how you respond to Lansoprazole the dose that your doctor decides is best for you.
Use in children
Lansoprazole should not be given to children.
If you take more Lansoprazole Capsules than you should
If you take more Lansoprazole than you have been told to, seek medical advice quickly.
If you forget to take Lansoprazole Capsules
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as your remember unless it is nearly time for your next
dose. If this happens skip the missed dose and take the remaining capsules as normal. Do not take a
double dose to make up for a forgotten capsule.
If you stop taking Lansoprazole Capsules
Do not stop treatment early because your symptoms have got better. Your condition may not have
been fully healed and may reoccur if you do not finish your course of treatment. If you have any
further questions on the use of this,medicine ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Common (may effect up to 1 in 10 people):
 headache, dizziness
 diarrhoea, constipation, stomach pains, feeling or being sick, wind, dry or sore mouth or throat
 skin rash, itching
 changes in liver function test values
 tiredness.
Uncommon (may effect up to 1 in 100 people):
 depression
 joint or muscle pain
 fluid retention or swelling
 changes in blood cell counts.
 fracture of the hip, wrist or spine.
Rare (may effect up to 1 in 1,000 people):
 fever
 restlessness, drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, insomnia, somnolence, visual disturbances,
vertigo
 a change in the way things taste, loss of appetite, inflammation of your tongue (glossitis)
 skin reactions such as burning or pricking feeling under the skin, bruising, reddening and
excessive sweating
 sensitivity to light
 hair loss
 feelings of ants creeping over the skin (paraesthesia), trembling
 anaemia (paleness)








kidney problems
pancreatitis
inflammation of the liver (may be seen as yellow skin or eyes)
breast swelling in males, impotence
candidiasis (fungal infection, may affect skin or the mucosa)
angioedema; You should see your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of
angioedema, such as swollen face, tongue or pharynx, difficulty to swallow, hives and difficulties
to breath.

Very rare (may effect up to 1 in 10,000 people):
 severe hypersensitivity reactions including shock. Symptoms of a hypersensitivity reaction may
include fever, rash, swelling and sometimes a fall in blood pressure
 inflammation of your mouth (stomatitis)
 colitis (bowel inflammation)
 changes in test values such as sodium, cholesterol and triglyceride levels
 very severe skin reactions with reddening, blistering, severe inflammation and skin loss.
 very rarely Lansoprazole may cause a reduction in the number of white blood cells and your
resistance to infection may be decreased. If you experience an infection with symptoms such as
fever and serious deterioration of your general condition, or fever with local infection symptoms
such as sore throat/pharynx/mouth or urinary problems you should see your doctor immediately. A
blood test will be taken to check possible reduction of white blood cells (agranulocytosis).
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):
 an autoimmune disease of the skin known as Cutaneous lupus erythematosus
 rash, possibly with pain in the joints
If you are on Lansoprazole Capsules for more than three months it is possible that the levels of
magnesium in your blood may fall. Low levels of magnesium can be seen as fatigue, involuntary
muscle contractions, disorientation, convulsions, dizziness, increased heart rate. If you get any of these
symptoms, please tell your doctor promptly. Low levels of magnesium can also lead to a reduction in
potassium or calcium levels in the blood. Your doctor may decide to perform regular blood tests to
monitor your levels of magnesium.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5.

How to store Lansoprazole Capsules

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Store below 30ºC.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and blister after EXP:. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
6.

Contents of the pack and other information

What Lansoprazole Capsules contains
The active substance is lansoprazole.

The other ingredients are:
sugar spheres (sucrose and maize starch), sodium starch glycolate (type A), sodium laurilsulfate (type
A), povidone (K30), potassium oleate, oleic acid, hypromellose, methacrylic acid - ethyl acrylate
copolymer 1:1, triethyl citrate, titanium dioxide (E171), talc, carrageenan, Potassium chloride and
carnauba wax.. The printing ink on the capsules contains the following additional ingredients: shellac
(lacca), propylene glycol, ammonium hydroxide, potassium hydroxide, black iron oxide (E172).
What Lansoprazole Capsules look like and contents of the pack
Lansoprazole 15 mg gastro-resistant capsules
Each hard, cellulose capsule has a white cap marked with the letter L and a white body marked with
the number 15. The capsules contain white to beige gastro- resistant micropellets containing 15 mg
lansoprazole.
Lansoprazole 30 mg gastro-resistant capsules
Each hard, cellulose capsule has a white cap marked with the letter L and a white body marked with
the number 30. The capsules contain white to beige gastro- resistant micropellets containing 30 mg
lansoprazole.
Lansoprazole Capsules are supplied in Aluminium/Aluminium blisters of 7, 14, 28, 30, 56 and 98
capsules*.
*Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder
TEVA UK Limited
Brampton Road, Hampden Park
Eastbourne
East Sussex BN22 9AG
Manufacturer:
Teva Pharma S.L.U.
Poligono Industrial Malpica,
calle C, Numero 4,
50016 Zaragoza,
Spain
Telephone: 00 34 976 57 17 84
Telefax: 00 34 976 57 26 63
TEVA UK Limited
Brampton Road
Hampden Park
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN22 9AG
United Kingdom
Teva Pharmaceutical Works Private Limited Company,
4042, Debrecen
Pallagi út 13.,
Hungary
Merckle GmbH
Ludwig-Merckle-Str. 3
89143 Blaubeuren
Germany

This leaflet was last updated October 2016

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