Kapidex is a medication that is licensed to treat heartburn associated with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). It can also be used to treat erosive esophagitis and to prevent it from coming back. Healthcare providers may also occasionally prescribe this medication for off-label uses. Common off-label uses of Kapidex include the treatment of ulcers, the prevention of ulcers due to NSAID medicines, and the treatment of various pathological hypersecretory conditions.
Kapidex™ (dexlansoprazole) is a prescription medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Approved Kapidex uses 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.
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.
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 is in contact with the esophagus for too long, damage to the lining of the esophagus occurs, causing the symptoms of GERD (click 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. Kapidex is approved to treat heartburn due to GERD. It works by decreasing the amount of acid in the stomach.
Kapidex also works to heal esophagitis (damage to the esophagus) caused by GERD and can be used to help prevent esophagitis from coming back.