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Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) treats certain stomach and esophagus problems (such as acid reflux). Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) decreases the amount of acid your stomach creates. It helps alleviates heartburn, dysphagia, and cough. Dexilant (Dexlansoprazole) heals acid damage to the stomach and esophagus; aids in preventing ulcers.

This medication is taken by mouth as directed by your health care provider, usually taken once a day with or without food. Take this medication without chewing or crushing the capsules. If you have problems taking Dexilant, you can open the capsule and dust the content onto 1 tablespoon of applesauce. Ask your doctor about the duration that you should be taking this medication.

Diarrhea may occur. If this continues or worsens, inform your doctor or pharmacist. Most patients taking Dexilant do not experience adverse effects. Tell your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects, including symptoms of lupus (such as worsening joint pain, rash on nose and cheeks); or signs of lowered magnesium (such as unusually fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, persistent muscle spasms, and seizures).

Before taking Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), inform your doctor or pharmacist of your allergies specific to Dexilant; or to drugs in the same class (like lansoprazole, omeprazole). Disclose all additional allergies to your health care professional. The inactive ingredients in this product have the potential to cause allergic reactions or additional problems. Before taking Dexilant (dexlansoprazole), inform your physician or pharmacist of your medical history, particularly if you have a history of liver disease or lupus. Some symptoms may indicate signs of a more serious condition. Seek medical help immediately if you experience: chest/jaw/arm/shoulder pain (especially with unusual sweating and shortness of breath), unexplained weight loss, heartburn with light-headedness/sweating/dizziness.

Do not begin, discontinue, or alter the dosage of any medications without your health care professional’s approval. One medication that may have interactions with Dexilant is methotrexate (particularly in high-dose treatments).

Certain medications require stomach acid so that they can be absorbed by the body properly. Dexilant (dexlansoprazole) reduces stomach acid; therefore, it may alter how effectively these products work. Some medications that may be affected include pazopanib, rilpivirine, certain azole antifungals, as well as others. Dexlansoprazole is comparable to lansoprazole. Do not use medicine containing lansoprazole while taking dexlansoprazole. Make sure laboratory personnel and your health care providers are aware that you are taking this drug as it may interfere with test results.

When you miss taking a dose, take it once you remember. If it is close to when you need to take your next dosage, skip the dose you missed. Your next dose should be taken at its regular time. Do not double your dose in order to catch up.

You should store Dexilant in room temperature, remembering to keep it away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep your medication away from your children and pets. Do not flush Dexilant down the toilet or pour your medication into a drain except if you are instructed to do so. Appropriately dispose of this product when it is expired or no longer in use.