Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) from Maple Leaf Medications.
What is Dexilant?
Dexilant, generic dexlansoprazole, belongs to the group of medicines known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The primary purpose of this medicine is to minimize the acid production in the stomach. It is used to treat Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD, and its symptoms including heartburn and erosive esophagitis.
GERD is a digestive disorder in which the lower esophageal sphincter, the ring that connects the stomach and esophagus and keeps the contents of the stomach from moving up, fails to function properly. The acidic contents rise into the esophagus, leading to heartburn, mouth sores, indigestion, and erosion of the inner walls of the esophagus.
How Dexilant works in the body?
Dexilant works in the body by maintaining a healthy acidic pH in the stomach. Greater production of acid results in GERD and damage to the esophagus. This medicine helps prevent the symptoms as well as heals the damage done by the acid to the esophagus.
Each Dexilant capsule contains two releases of medicine called delayed-release pharmaceutical formula. When swallowed, the capsule disintegrates to expose a mixture of (R)-(+) and (S)-(−)-enantiomers of lansoprazole, each with a coating that disintegrates at a different pH level. The drug then gets attached to the proton pump and prevents the production of acidic gastric juices. Dexilant soothes the symptoms of heartburn for up to 24 hours.
How to take Dexilant?
The recommended duration of Dexilant intake for the treatment of erosive esophagitis and heartburn is up to 6 months in adults and 4-16 weeks in teenagers under 18. The doctor has the discretion to prescribe the dosage as per the patient’s condition.
The medicine must be taken regularly throughout the prescribed period even if the symptoms improve. In case there is no sign of improvement in the symptoms of GERD after Dexilant intake, consult your doctor right away.
Since the medicine can interfere with medical test results such as a drug-screening urine test, the health care provider and the laboratory staff must be informed about Dexilant intake before any tests are conducted.
This medicine can be taken with or without food at any convenient time of the day. Dexilant is available as capsules to be taken by mouth. Follow the doctor’s prescription carefully when taking this medicine. Most preferred way of administration is swallowing with a glass of water; however, if the patient faces difficulty in swallowing, he/she can break the capsule and mix the contents in a tablespoon of applesauce. The granules in the mixture should not be chewed or crushed; instead, the entire mixture must be swallowed in one go. Refrain from storing the applesauce and Dexilant mixture.
Other ways of administering Dexilant include through an oral syringe and a feeding tube. The contents of the capsule should be added to 20 ml of water and filled in an oral syringe, through which the mixture is transferred into the mouth directly. A mixture of Dexilant and 20 ml of water can be added to the catheter-tip syringe and injected into the NG tube.
Store the medicine in a cool, dry place.
FAQs about Dexilant
For which age group can Dexilant be prescribed?
Dexilant can be prescribed to patients 12 years of age or older. The safety and efficacy of this medicine are not established in children under 12.
Will Dexilant eliminate all stomach acids?
No, stomach acids are necessary for the digestion of food we eat. Dexilant inhibits the production of acid from a few pumps only.
Delayed Release Capsule, Delayed Release capsule
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