LANSOPRAZOLE ODT GH
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Lansoprazole ODT GH. It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have benefits and risks. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Lansoprazole ODT GH against the benefits this medicine is expected to have.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.
What Lansoprazole ODT GH is used for
Lansoprazole ODT GH is used to treat peptic ulcers in adults. Depending on the position of the ulcer it is called a gastric or duodenal ulcer. A gastric ulcer occurs in the stomach. A duodenal ulcer occurs in the duodenum, which is the tube leading out of the stomach.
Too much acid being made in the stomach can cause these ulcers. Lansoprazole ODT GH is also used to help stop duodenal ulcers from coming back.
Lansoprazole ODT GH is used to treat the symptoms of reflux oesophagitis or reflux disease in adults and in children from 6 to 17 years of age.
This can be caused by backflow (reflux) of food and acid from the stomach into the food pipe or gullet, also known as the oesophagus. Reflux can cause a burning sensation in the chest rising up to the throat, also known as heartburn.
Heartburn and stomach pain associated with reflux or peptic ulcer
Lansoprazole ODT GH is used for the short-term treatment of heartburn and peptic ulcer symptoms in adults.
Peptic Ulcers Associated with Helicobacter Pylori Infection
Most people who have a peptic ulcer also have bacteria called Helicobacter pylori in their stomach. Lansoprazole ODT GH can be taken in conjunction with certain antibiotics to help eradicate Helicobacter pylori and let your peptic ulcer heal.
However, it is possible that the antibiotics may not always get rid of Helicobacter pylori.
How Lansoprazole ODT GH works
Lansoprazole ODT GH contains lansoprazole, which is a type of medicine called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI). It works by decreasing the amount of acid the stomach makes, to give relief from the symptoms of excessive acid and allow healing to take place. This does not stop food being digested in the normal way.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Lansoprazole ODT GH has been prescribed for you. Your doctor may prescribe this medicine for another reason.
There is no evidence that Lansoprazole ODT GH is habit-forming. This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take Lansoprazole ODT GH
When not to take it
- Do not take Lansoprazole ODT GH if you have an allergy to:
- Any medicines containing a proton-pump inhibitor
- Any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some of the symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, or hives on the skin; shortness of breath, wheezing or difficulty breathing; and swelling of the face, lips, tongue or other parts of the body.
- Do not take Lansoprazole ODT GH if you have severe liver disease.
- Do not take Lansoprazole ODT GH after the use by (expiry) date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
- Do not take Lansoprazole ODT GH if you are already taking the medicine atazanavir.
Atazanavir is used to treat HIV infection. If it is taken at the same time as Lansoprazole ODT GH, it won't be absorbed properly and will be less effective in treating HIV infection.
If you are not sure whether you should take this medicine, talk to your doctor.
Before you start to take it
You must tell your doctor if:
- You have any allergies to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives.
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding or intend to become pregnant or breast-feed.
Your doctor will discuss the possible risks and benefits of using Lansoprazole ODT GH during pregnancy. It is not known if your baby can take in Lansoprazole ODT GH from breast milk if you are breastfeeding. The use of Lansoprazole ODT GH during breast-feeding should be avoided.
- You have any other medical conditions, including:
- Liver or kidney problems.
- A tumour in the stomach region.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you take Lansoprazole ODT GH.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines may interfere with Lansoprazole ODT GH. These medicines and their typical uses include:
- Theophylline used to treat asthma
- Oral contraceptives
- Warfarin used to prevent blood clots
- Carbamazepine and phenytoin used to treat seizures
- Ketoconazole used to treat fungal infections
- Digoxin used to treat heart complaints
- Sucralfate (used to treat gastric ulcers) and antacids (used to treat heartburn and indigestion).
Lansoprazole ODT GH should be taken at least one hour before taking sucralfate or an antacid.
- Iron preparations
- Ampicillin esters used in some antibiotics.
- Tacrolimus used in transplant patients to reduce organ rejection.
- Atazanavir used to treat HIV infection.
These medicines may be affected by Lansoprazole ODT GH, or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
How to take Lansoprazole ODT GH
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully. They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the box, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
When to take it
Take Lansoprazole ODT GH in the morning before food. Lansoprazole ODT GH works best when taken on an empty stomach.
How much to take
Take one tablet each day, unless your doctor has told you otherwise.
The dose is usually 30 mg a day. The dose may vary from 15 mg to 30 mg a day depending on what the condition is and how long you need treatment.
Children (6 years or older)
The recommended dose depends on the weight of the child.
For children weighing 30 kg or less, the usual dose is 15 mg daily.
For children weighing over 30 kg, the usual dose is one 30 mg tablet daily.
How to take it
Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water, or gently suck the tablet, then swallow the granules with your saliva. If the tablet is chewed or crushed, it will not work properly.
How long to take it
Keep taking Lansoprazole ODT GH as directed, unless your doctor gives you other instructions.
In most patients, Lansoprazole ODT GH relieves symptoms rapidly and healing is usually complete within 4 weeks. However, you may find that the pain and discomfort caused by an ulcer or heartburn will go away well before you finish taking all your medicine.
Although Lansoprazole ODT GH heals ulcers very successfully, the ulcer may come back at a later date. Your doctor may want you to keep taking Lansoprazole ODT GH on a long-term basis to prevent the condition from coming back. However, Lansoprazole ODT GH is recommended only for short-term use (8 to 12 weeks) in children.
Tell your doctor if your symptoms return. You may need further treatment.
If you forget to take it
If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose when you are meant to. Otherwise, take it as soon as you remember, and then go back to your normal routine.
Do not take a double dose to make up for the dose you missed.
If you have trouble remembering when to take your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.
If you take too much (overdose)
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (Tel 13 11 26) for advice, or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital, if you think that you or anyone else may have taken too much Lansoprazole ODT GH. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
While you are taking Lansoprazole ODT GH
Things you must do
Take Lansoprazole ODT GH exactly as your doctor has prescribed.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while you are taking Lansoprazole ODT GH.
If you are about to start any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are taking Lansoprazole ODT GH.
Things you must not do
Do not give your medicine to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.
Do not take Lansoprazole ODT GH to treat any other complaints unless your doctor tells you to.
Do not stop taking your medicine or change the dosage without checking with your doctor. If you stop taking it suddenly, your condition may worsen or you may have unwanted side effects.
Things to be careful of
Be careful driving or operating machinery until you know how Lansoprazole ODT GH affects you. Lansoprazole ODT GH generally does not cause any problems with your ability to drive a car or operate machinery. However, as with many other medicines, Lansoprazole ODT GH may cause dizziness in some people. Make sure you know how you react to Lansoprazole ODT GH before you drive a car, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy. If you drink alcohol, dizziness may be worse.
Things that may help your condition
Some self-help measures suggested below may help your condition. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about these measures and for more information.
- Alcohol –
your doctor may advise you to limit your alcohol intake.
- Aspirin and many other medicines used to treat arthritis, period pain or headaches –
these medicines may irritate the stomach and may make your condition worse. Your doctor or pharmacist may suggest other medicines you can take.
- Caffeine –
your doctor may advise you to limit the number of drinks that contain caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cocoa and cola drinks, because they contain ingredients that may irritate the stomach.
- Eating habits –
eat smaller, more frequent meals. Eat slowly and chew your food carefully. Try not to rush at meal times. Eat your meals well before bedtime.
- Smoking –
your doctor may advise you to stop smoking or at least cut down.
- Weight –
your doctor may suggest losing some weight to help your condition.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you do not feel well while taking Lansoprazole ODT GH.
All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not. You may need medical attention if you get some of the side effects.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you may have.
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
Stomach or bowel problems such as:
- Vomiting or nausea
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Stomach pain
- Flatulence or wind.
If you suffer from severe persistent diarrhoea and/or vomiting when taking Lansoprazole ODT GH, tell your doctor.
As natural acid in the stomach helps to kill bacteria, the lowering of acid by acid-reducing medicines such as Lansoprazole ODT GH may cause some people to get certain stomach infections.
Difficulty thinking or working because of:
- Joint or muscle aches or pains
- Generally feeling unwell
- Feeling confused, depressed or having hallucinations.
Changes to your appearance such as:
- Skin rashes
- Hives or itchy skin
- Hair thinning
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight
- Breast enlargement and impotence in men with long term use.
Signs of infection such as:
- Coughs, colds, sore throats or sinuses indicating an upper respiratory tract infection
- Frequent and painful passing of urine indicating a urinary tract infection
- Dry or sore mouth or throat.
Changes in your sight, hearing, taste or touch such as:
- Tingling or numbness of hands and feet
- Blurred vision
- Taste disturbances.
Tell your doctor immediately or go to Accident and Emergency at your nearest hospital if you notice any of the following:
- Red, itchy blistering spots
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes, especially if accompanied by fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, dark coloured urine or light coloured bowel movements
- Watery and severe diarrhoea
- Pain in the kidney region
- Swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, which may cause difficulty breathing
- Swelling of hands, ankles or feet
- Bruising or bleeding more easily than normal, bleeding under the skin or red or purple flat pinhead spots under the skin
- Frequent infections such as fever, severe chills, sore throat or mouth ulcers.
- Cramping of the muscles in your hands or feet
- Irregular heartbeat
- Fits or seizures
These are serious to very serious side effects. You may need urgent medical attention. These side effects are rare.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything making you feel unwell when taking, or soon after finishing taking, Lansoprazole ODT GH.
Other problems are more likely to arise from the ulcer itself rather than the treatment.
For this reason, contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
- Pain or indigestion occurring during treatment with Lansoprazole ODT GH
- You begin to vomit blood or food
- You pass black (blood-stained) motions.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand anything in this list.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
How to store Lansoprazole ODT GH
Keep your tablets in their blister pack until it is time to take them. If you take the tablets out of the blister pack they may not keep well.
Keep it in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C. Do not store it or any other medicines in a bathroom or near a sink. Do not leave it in the car or on windowsills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep it where young children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop Lansoprazole ODT GH or the tablets have passed their expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any tablets that are left over.
What Lansoprazole ODT GH tablets look like
Lansoprazole ODT GH 15 mg is available in a blister pack of 7 or 28 tablets.
Lansoprazole ODT GH 30 mg is available in a blister pack of 7 or 28 tablets.
Lansoprazole ODT GH 15mg tablets are white to yellowish white uncoated tablets, speckled with orange to dark brown pellets debossed with "I5" on one side of the tablet and plain on the other side.
Lansoprazole ODT GH 30mg tablets are white to yellowish white uncoated tablets speckled with orange to dark brown pellets debossed with "30" on one side of the tablet and plain on the other side.
Each tablet contains either 15 mg or 30 mg of lansoprazole as the active ingredient and the following inactive ingredients:
Cellulose-microcrystalline, magnesium carbonate-light, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, purified-talc, titanium dioxide, mannitol, methacrylic acid – ethyl acrylate copolymer dispersion (1:1), polyacrylate dispersion 30per cent, glyceryl monostearate, macrogol 6000, polysorbate 80, citric acid anhydrous, triethyl citrate, Iron oxide yellow, iron oxide red, F-melt type C, crospovidone, aspartame, strawberry flavor, magnesium stearate.
Lansoprazole ODT GH do not contain gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.
Lupin Australia Pty Ltd
Suite 2, Level 2, 19-23
Box Hill VIC 3128
Distributed in Australia by
Generic Health Pty Ltd
Suite 2, Level 2, 19-23
Box Hill VIC 3128
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Lansoprazole ODT GH 15 mg
Lansoprazole ODT GH 30 mg
This leaflet was prepared in October 2018.
Published by MIMS December 2018