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Dexlansoprazole – Oral - Patient Medicine Information

> Why do I need this medicine?
> How do I take this medicine?
> What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
> When should I not use this medicine?
> What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
> What side effects could I experience?
> Can I take this with other medicines?
> What special dietary instructions should I follow?
> How should I store this medicine?

 
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Why do I need this medicine?

Dexlansoprazole is used to treat conditions caused by excessive acidity in your stomach, such as stomach or small bowel ulcers and reflux disease (also known as "heartburn", in which food or acid from your stomach backs up into your mouth, leaving a sour or bitter taste).

This medicine may also be used to treat erosive oesophagitis (inflammation and erosion of the lining of food pipe).

How do I take this medicine?

Take Dexlansoprazole exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

You may take this medicine with or without food. Try to take it at the same time each day.

Swallow the capsule whole; do not chew or crush the capsule. If you have trouble swallowing, the capsule may be opened and sprinkle contents on applesauce or food. The applesauce mixture should be swallowed immediately, do not chew the granules. Do not store mixture for later use.

Alternatively, the capsule can be administered via oral syringe or nasogastric (NG) tube.

Administration with water in an oral syringe:
  1. Open the capsule and mix the granules (do not crush) with 20 mL of water in a clean container.
  2. Withdraw the entire mixture into a syringe.
  3. Gently swirl the syringe to keep the granules from settling.
  4. Immediately administer the mixture into the mouth.
  5. Refill the syringe with 10 mL of water and swirl gently. Administer the water into the mouth.
  6. Repeat step 5.
Do not chew the granules and do not store the mixture for later use.

Administration with water via a Nasogastric (NG) Tube:
  1. Open the capsule and mix the granules (do not crush) with 20 mL of water in a clean container.
  2. Withdraw the entire mixture into a catheter-tip syringe.
  3. Gently swirl the catheter-tip syringe to keep the granules from settling.
  4. Connect the catheter-tip syringe to the NG tube (16 French or larger) and immediately inject the mixture into the stomach through the NG tube.
  5. Refill the catheter-tip syringe with 10 mL of water, swirl gently and flush the NG tube with the water.
  6. Repeat step 5.
Do not store the mixture for later use.

What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.

When should I not use this medicine?

Do not take Dexlansoprazole with rilpivirine (medicine for HIV infection).

What should I take note of while taking this medicine?

Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • stomach cancer
  • stomach infection
  • liver disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you are going for a diagnostic test for tumours, inform your doctor that you are taking Dexlansoprazole.

If your gastric problem seems to be getting worse, let your doctor know. Do not take Dexlansoprazole for a long period of time unless instructed otherwise.

What side effects could I experience?

Dexlansoprazole may cause any of the following side effects: diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, headache and stomach wind.

Some side effects may be serious, although they are not common. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience:
  • rashes with skin peeling or blisters
  • severe diarrhoea
  • bone fracture
  • muscle cramps, muscle weakness, numbness, abnormal eye movements, tiredness, convulsions
  • lightheadedness, palpitations, shortness of breath, pale skin, numbness or tingling, visual disturbances
  • decreased amount of urine or blood in urine
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.

Can I take this with other medicines?

Do not take Dexlansoprazole with rilpivirine (medicine for HIV infection).

Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines for HIV infection e.g. atazanavir, nelfinavir, saquinavir
  • blood-thinning medicines e.g. warfarin, clopidogrel
  • medicines used in organ transplant or certain immune disorders e.g. tacrolimus, methotrexate
  • medicines for fungal infection e.g. voriconazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole
  • diuretics or "water pills" e.g. furosemide
  • medicines for heart disease e.g. digoxin
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Dexlansoprazole.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Avoid alcohol.

It may be helpful to discuss your diet with your doctor or dietitian as a change in diet may help improve your symptoms. For example, spicy food tends to worsen reflux and should be avoided. Likewise, carbonated ("fizzy") drinks such as soft drinks should also be avoided.

How should I store this medicine?

Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.

This information is independently developed by MIMS based on Dexlansoprazole – Oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2019 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com

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