What is Dexilant?Dexilant is a prescription medicine called a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) that reduces the amount of acid in your stomach. Dexilant is used in adults to treat heartburn related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), to heal acid-related damage to the lining of the esophagus (called erosive esophagitis or EE), and to stop erosive esophagitis from coming back.
What is the most important information I should know about Dexilant?Dexilant may help your acid-related symptoms, but you could still have serious stomach problems.
Tell your doctor if you experience any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction with Dexilant (such as rash, face swelling, throat tightness, difficulty breathing).
People who are taking multiple daily doses of Dexilant for a long period of time may have an increased risk of fractures of the hip, wrist, or spine.
Who should not take Dexilant?Do not take Dexilant if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
It is not known if Dexilant is safe and effective in children <18 years of age.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Dexilant?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Dexilant. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems, have any other medical conditions, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Healing of Erosive Esophagitis
Adults: The recommended dose is 60 milligrams (mg) once daily for up to 8 weeks. Your doctor may prescribe a lower dose if you have liver problems.
Maintenance of Healed Erosive Esophagitis
Adults: The recommended dose is 30 mg once daily for up to 6 months.
Heartburn Associated with GERD
Adults: The recommended dose is 30 mg once daily for 4 weeks.
How should I take Dexilant?Take Dexilant only as prescribed by your doctor. You can take Dexilant with or without food.
Swallow Dexilant capsules whole. If you have trouble with this, you can open the capsules and sprinkle the contents on a tablespoon of applesauce. Be sure to swallow the applesauce mixture right away. Do not chew the mixture or store for later use.
What should I avoid while taking Dexilant?Do not change your dose or stop taking Dexilant without talking to your doctor first.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Dexilant?If Dexilant is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Dexilant with the following: ampicillin, atazanavir, digoxin, products that contain iron, ketoconazole, warfarin, and tacrolimus.
What are the possible side effects of Dexilant?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: serious allergic reactions, diarrhea, stomach pain, nausea, common cold, vomiting, gas
Can I receive Dexilant if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?It is not known if taking Dexilant while pregnant will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Dexilant?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at your regular time. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store Dexilant?Store at room temperature.
- The Power of ProbioticsProbiotics and other supplements have been hyped as remedies for digestive problems. But do they really work, and can some make your symptoms worse?
- Top Ten Fast Facts About PPIsWhen it comes to this popular class of medications, here's what you need to know.
- Do Over-the-Counter Proton Pump Inhibitors Work?You might wonder why you need a prescription if many PPIs are available over the counter. Get the answers to this and other questions about OTC PPIs.