Kapidex Medication Information
A prescription medication, Kapidex™ (dexlansoprazole) belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). It is licensed for many uses, including:
- 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.
Within each Kapidex capsule are tiny delayed-release granules that contain the medication. They are specially designed to release the drug in two different phases. The first "peak" occurs one to two hours after taking it, and the second peak occurs within four to five hours.
The name Kapidex was officially changed to Dexilant™ in April 2010. The name was changed because it was too similar to the names of a few other drugs, leading to a few "mix-ups."
(Click Kapidex for more information, including an in-depth description of the medication's effects, helpful dosing tips, details on generic availability, and more.)