Dexilant is designed to help treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and erosive esophagitis by decreasing acid production in the stomach. This prescription medication can also help prevent the return of erosive esophagitis once it is healed. When used off-label, Dexilant can help treat various types of ulcers (such as gastric and duodenal ulcers).
What Is Dexilant Used For?Dexilant™ (dexlansoprazole) is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Approved uses of this product include:
- Treating heartburn associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Healing erosive esophagitis (erosions of the esophagus usually due to severe GERD)
- Preventing the return of erosive esophagitis.
GERD is caused by acid reflux into the esophagus. Acid reflux is a term meaning the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. The stomach is designed to be able to handle the acid it produces; the esophagus, however, is not. If too much stomach acid comes into contact with the esophagus for too long, damage to the lining of the esophagus occurs, causing the symptoms of GERD (see What Is GERD? for more information).
A few of the more common GERD symptoms include heartburn, feeling like food is stuck in your throat, choking feelings, acidic or sour taste in the mouth, and chest pain. Dexilant is approved to treat heartburn due to GERD and works by decreasing the amount of acid in the stomach.
Dexilant also works to heal esophagitis (damage to the esophagus) caused by GERD and can be used to help prevent esophagitis from coming back.