Kapidex Warnings and Precautions
In order to minimize risks, warnings and precautions for Kapidex should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before treatment begins. It is important to tell your healthcare provider if you have liver disease; you may need lower Kapidex doses. You should also let him or her know if you are pregnant, as the full risks of using Kapidex during pregnancy are unknown.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Kapidex™ (dexlansoprazole) if you have:
- Liver disease, such as liver failure, cirrhosis, or hepatitis
- Any allergies, including allergies to other beta blockers, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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.
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking Kapidex include the following:
- Some of the symptoms of heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are similar to stomach cancer symptoms. Just because Kapidex helps your symptoms does not rule out the possibility of stomach cancer.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you have liver disease, as you may need a lower Kapidex dosage.
- Kapidex can interact with other medications (see Kapidex Drug Interactions).
- Kapidex is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that Kapidex is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Kapidex during pregnancy (see Kapidex and Pregnancy).
- It is unknown if Kapidex passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start, discuss this with your healthcare provider prior to taking the drug (see Kapidex and Breastfeeding).