If you are prescribed Dexilant, your dose will depend on several factors, such as how you respond to this medication, other medications you are taking, and other medical conditions you may have. Dexilant comes in capsule form and is taken once a day. It is important to swallow the capsules whole and not to chew or crush them.
An Introduction to Dosing With DexilantThe dose of Dexilant™ (dexlansoprazole) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to Dexilant
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Dosage of Dexilant for HeartburnThe recommended Dexilant dosage for treating heartburn due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) without esophageal erosions is 30 mg once daily for four weeks.
Dosage of Dexilant for Erosive EsophagitisThe recommended dose for helping to heal erosive esophagitis (a severe form of GERD) is Dexilant 60 mg once daily for up to eight weeks. After the healing process, Dexilant may be continued at a lower dosing (30 mg once daily) to help prevent the condition from returning.
General Information on Taking DexilantSome considerations for people taking Dexilant include the following:
- This medication comes in capsule form. It is taken by mouth once a day.
- You can take Dexilant with food or on an empty stomach.
- Swallow the capsules whole; do not chew or crush the capsules.
- If absolutely necessary, the capsules may be opened and the contents sprinkled on a spoonful of applesauce. The applesauce should not be warm and should be eaten immediately without chewing. The capsules may also be mixed in an oral syringe in a small amount of water and given immediately. Ask your pharmacist for more instructions about giving the capsules in this manner.
- Make sure to take your dose at the same time each day to keep an even level of the medication in your blood.
- Your healthcare provider may recommend a lower Dexilant dosage if you have liver disease, such as hepatitis, liver failure, or cirrhosis.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage, please talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist.