Kapidex Side Effects
Abdominal pain, diarrhea, and nausea are some of the most common side effects that have been reported with Kapidex. Rare but possible problems (occurring in less than 2 percent of people taking the drug) include cold sores, acne, and migraines. While most side effects of this medication are minor, you should seek medical attention immediately if you develop chest pain, anxiety, or hives.
As with any medicine, Kapidex™ (dexlansoprazole) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Kapidex. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Kapidex side effects with you.)
Starting April 2010, the name for Kapidex was officially changed to Dexilant™. The name was changed because it was too similar to the names of a few other drugs, leading to a few "mix-ups." Please see our Dexilant articles within eMedTV.com for current information about this medication.
Kapidex has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, side effects occurring in the group of people taking Kapidex were documented and compared to the side effects that occur in a similar group of people taking either a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients) or a similar medication, lansoprazole (Prevacid®).
Based on these studies, the most common bothersome (but usually not dangerous) Kapidex side effects included:
- Diarrhea -- in up to 5.1 percent of people
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain) -- up to 4 percent
- Nausea -- up to 3.3 percent
- Upper respiratory tract infection (such as the common cold) -- up to 2.9 percent
- Gas -- up to 2.6 percent
- Vomiting -- up to 2.2 percent.