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Dexilant and Dexilant SoluTabs


Mechanism Of Action

Dexlansoprazole belongs to a class of antisecretory compounds, the substituted benzimidazoles, that suppress gastric acid secretion by specific inhibition of the (H+, K+)-ATPase at the secretory surface of the gastric parietal cell. Because this enzyme is regarded as the acid (-proton) pump within the parietal cell, dexlansoprazole has been characterized as a gastric proton-pump inhibitor, in that it blocks the final step of acid production.


Antisecretory Activity

The effects of DEXILANT 60 mg capsules (n=20) or lansoprazole 30 mg (n=23) once daily for five days on 24 hour intragastric pH were assessed in healthy subjects in a multiple-dose crossover study. The results are summarized in Table 6.

Table 6: Effect on 24 Hour Intragastric pH on Day 5 After Administration of DEXILANT or Lansoprazole

DEXILANT 60 mg capsules Lansoprazole 30 mg
Mean Intragastric pH
4.55 4.13
% Time Intragastric pH > 4 (hours)
71 60
(17 hours) (14 hours)

Serum Gastrin Effects

The effect of dexlansoprazole on serum gastrin concentrations was evaluated in approximately 3460 patients in clinical trials up to eight weeks and in 1023 patients for up to six to 12 months. The mean fasting gastrin concentrations increased from baseline during treatment with DEXILANT 30 mg and 60 mg capsules. In patients treated for more than six months, mean serum gastrin levels increased during approximately the first three months of treatment and were stable for the remainder of treatment. Mean serum gastrin levels returned to pre-treatment levels within one month of discontinuation of treatment.

Increased gastrin causes enterochromaffin-like cell hyperplasia and increased serum CgA levels. The increased CgA levels may cause false positive results in diagnostic investigations for neuroendocrine tumors [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Enterochromaffin-Like Cell (ECL) Effects

There were no reports of ECL cell hyperplasia in gastric biopsy specimens obtained from 653 patients treated with DEXILANT 30 mg, 60 mg, or 90 mg delayed-release capsules for up to 12 months.

During lifetime exposure of rats dosed daily with up to 150 mg/kg/day of lansoprazole, marked hypergastrinemia was observed followed by ECL cell proliferation and formation of carcinoid tumors, especially in female rats [see Nonclinical Toxicology].

Cardiac Electrophysiology

At a dose five times the maximum recommended dose, dexlansoprazole does not prolong the QT interval to any clinically relevant extent.


The dual delayed release formulation of DEXILANT capsules results in a dexlansoprazole plasma concentration-time profile with two distinct peaks; the first peak occurs one to two hours after administration, followed by a second peak within four to five hours (see Figure 1). Dexlansoprazole is eliminated with a half-life of approximately one to two hours in healthy subjects and in patients with symptomatic GERD. No accumulation of dexlansoprazole occurs after multiple, once daily doses of DEXILANT 30 mg or 60 mg capsules although mean AUCt and Cmax values of dexlansoprazole were slightly higher (less than 10%) on Day 5 than on Day 1.

Figure 1: Mean Plasma Dexlansoprazole Concentration – Time Profile Following Oral Administration of 30 or 60 mg DEXILANT Capsules Once Daily for 5 Days in Healthy Subjects

Mean Plasma Dexlansoprazole Concentration – Time Profile - Illustration

The pharmacokinetics of dexlansoprazole are highly variable, with percent coefficient of variation (CV%) values for Cmax, AUC, and CL/F of greater than 30% (see Table 7).

Table 7: Mean (CV%) Pharmacokinetic Parameters for Subjects on Day 5 After Administration of DEXILANT Capsules

Dose (mg) Cmax (ng/mL) AUC24 (ngh/mL) CL/F(L/h)
30 658 (40%) (N=44) 3275 (47%) (N=43) 11.4 (48%) (N=43)
60 1397 (51%) (N=79) 6529 (60%) (N=73) 11.6 (46%) (N=41)


After oral administration of DEXILANT 30 mg or 60 mg capsules to healthy subjects and symptomatic GERD patients, mean Cmax and AUC values of dexlansoprazole increased approximately dose proportionally (see Figure 1).

When granules of DEXILANT 60 mg capsules are mixed with water and dosed via NG tube or orally via syringe, the bioavailability (Cmax and AUC) of dexlansoprazole was similar to that when DEXILANT 60 mg was administered as an intact capsule [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

After oral administration of DEXILANT SoluTab 30 mg tablet to healthy adults under fasting condition, median time (Tmax) to peak plasma concentrations (Cmax) of dexlansoprazole was 4 hours and ranged from 1 to 6 hours, the Cmax was 688 ng/mL (CV of 49%) and AUC was 2866 ng·h/mL (CV of 77%).

The bioavailability (Cmax and AUC) of dexlansoprazole was similar when DEXILANT SoluTab 30 mg tablets were mixed with water and administered via oral syringe, NG tube, or swallowed intact with water compared to DEXILANT SoluTab 30 mg tablets administered on the tongue, allowed to disintegrate and swallowed without water under fasting conditions in healthy subjects [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

Two 30 mg DEXILANT SoluTab are not interchangeable with one 60 mg DEXILANT capsule because systemic exposure is lower and two 30 mg Dexilant SoluTab are not recommended for the healing of EE [see INDICATIONS, DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

Effect on Food

In food-effect studies in healthy subjects receiving DEXILANT capsules under various fed conditions compared to fasting, increases in Cmax ranged from 12% to 55%, increases in AUC ranged from 9% to 37%, and Tmax varied (ranging from a decrease of 0.7 hours to an increase of three hours) [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].

In healthy adults, a concomitant administration of a standard high-fat breakfast contained approximately 800 to 1000 total calories, with 50% of calories being derived from fat content delayed the absorption of dexlansoprazole from DEXILANT SoluTab 30 mg tablet resulting in a median Tmax of 6 hours and decreased the Cmax on average by 38%. Dexlansoprazole AUC was not affected by food [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].


Plasma protein binding of dexlansoprazole ranged from 96% to 99% in healthy subjects and was independent of concentration from 0.01 to 20 mcg/mL. The apparent volume of distribution (Vz/F) after multiple doses in symptomatic GERD patients was 40 L.



Dexlansoprazole is extensively metabolized in the liver by oxidation, reduction, and subsequent formation of sulfate, glucuronide and glutathione conjugates to inactive metabolites. Oxidative metabolites are formed by the cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzyme system including hydroxylation mainly by CYP2C19, and oxidation to the sulfone by CYP3A4.

CYP2C19 is a polymorphic liver enzyme which exhibits three phenotypes in the metabolism of CYP2C19 substrates: extensive metabolizers (*1/*1), intermediate metabolizers (*1/mutant) and poor metabolizers (mutant/mutant). Dexlansoprazole is the major circulating component in plasma regardless of CYP2C19 metabolizer status. In CYP2C19 intermediate and extensive metabolizers, the major plasma metabolites are 5-hydroxy dexlansoprazole and its glucuronide conjugate, while in CYP2C19 poor metabolizers dexlansoprazole sulfone is the major plasma metabolite.


Following the administration of DEXILANT capsule, no unchanged dexlansoprazole is excreted in urine. Following the administration of [14C] dexlansoprazole to six healthy male subjects, approximately 50.7% (standard deviation (SD): 9.0%) of the administered radioactivity was excreted in urine and 47.6% (SD: 7.3%) in the feces. Apparent clearance (CL/F) in healthy subjects was 11.4 to 11.6 L/hour, respectively, after five days of 30 or 60 mg once daily administration.

Specific Populations

Age: Geriatric Population

The terminal elimination half-life of dexlansoprazole is significantly increased in geriatric subjects compared to younger subjects (2.2 and 1.5 hours, respectively). Dexlansoprazole exhibited higher systemic exposure (AUC) in geriatric subjects (34% higher) than younger subjects [see Use in Specific Populations].


In a study of 12 male and 12 female healthy subjects who received a single oral dose of DEXILANT 60 mg capsules, females had higher systemic exposure (AUC) (43% higher) than males. This difference in exposure between males and female does not represent a significant safety concern.

Renal Impairment

Dexlansoprazole is extensively metabolized in the liver to inactive metabolites, and no parent drug is recovered in the urine following an oral dose of dexlansoprazole. Therefore, the pharmacokinetics of dexlansoprazole are not expected to be altered in patients with renal impairment, and no studies were conducted in patients with renal impairment. In addition, the pharmacokinetics of lansoprazole were not clinically different in patients with mild, moderate or severe renal impairment compared to healthy subjects with normal renal function.

Hepatic Impairment

In a study of 12 patients with moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class B) who received a single oral dose of 60 mg DEXILANT capsules the systemic exposure (AUC) of bound and unbound dexlansoprazole was approximately two times greater compared to subjects with normal hepatic function. This difference in exposure was not due to a difference in protein binding. No studies have been conducted in patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh Class C) [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, Use in Specific Populations].

Drug-Drug Interactions

Effect of Dexlansoprazole on Other Drugs

Cytochrome P 450 Interactions

Dexlansoprazole is metabolized, in part, by CYP2C19 and CYP3A4 [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

In vitro studies have shown that dexlansoprazole is not likely to inhibit CYP isoforms 1A1, 1A2, 2A6, 2B6, 2C8, 2C9, 2D6, 2E1 or 3A4. As such, no clinically relevant interactions with drugs metabolized by these CYP enzymes would be expected. Furthermore, in vivo studies showed that DEXILANT did not have an impact on the pharmacokinetics of coadministered phenytoin (CYP2C9 substrate) or theophylline (CYP1A2 substrate). The subjects' CYP1A2 genotypes in the drug-drug interaction study with theophylline were not determined. Although in vitro studies indicated that DEXILANT has the potential to inhibit CYP2C19 in vivo, an in vivo drug-drug interaction study in mainly CYP2C19 extensive and intermediate metabolizers has shown that DEXILANT does not affect the pharmacokinetics of diazepam (CYP2C19 substrate).


Clopidogrel is metabolized to its active metabolite in part by CYP2C19. A study of healthy subjects who were CYP2C19 extensive metabolizers, receiving once daily administration of clopidogrel 75 mg alone or concomitantly with DEXILANT 60 mg capsules (n=40), for nine days was conducted. The mean AUC of the active metabolite of clopidogrel was reduced by approximately 9% (mean AUC ratio was 91%, with 90% CI of 86-97%) when DEXILANT was coadministered compared to administration of clopidogrel alone. Pharmacodynamic parameters were also measured and demonstrated that the change in inhibition of platelet aggregation (induced by 5 mcM ADP) was related to the change in the exposure to clopidogrel active metabolite. The effect on exposure to the active metabolite of clopidogrel and on clopidogrel-induced platelet inhibition is not considered clinically important.

Effect of Other Drugs on Dexlansoprazole

Because dexlansoprazole is metabolized by CYP2C19 and CYP3A4, inducers and inhibitors of these enzymes may potentially alter exposure of dexlansoprazole.


Effect Of CYP2C19 Polymorphism On Systemic Exposure Of Dexlansoprazole

Systemic exposure of dexlansoprazole is generally higher in intermediate and poor metabolizers. In male Japanese subjects who received a single dose of DEXILANT 30 mg or 60 mg capsules (N=2 to 6 subjects/group), mean dexlansoprazole Cmax and AUC values were up to two times higher in intermediate compared to extensive metabolizers; in poor metabolizers, mean Cmax was up to four times higher and mean AUC was up to 12 times higher compared to extensive metabolizers. Though such study was not conducted in Caucasians and African Americans, it is expected dexlansoprazole exposure in these races will be affected by CYP2C19 phenotypes as well.

Clinical Studies

Healing Of Erosive Esophagitis

Two 30 mg DEXILANT SoluTab are not recommended for the healing of EE [see INDICATIONS AND USAGE, CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Two multi-center, double-blind, active-controlled, randomized, eight week studies were conducted in patients with endoscopically confirmed EE. Severity of the disease was classified based on the Los Angeles Classification Grading System (Grades A-D). Patients were randomized to one of the following three treatment groups: DEXILANT 60 mg capsules daily, DEXILANT 90 mg capsules daily or lansoprazole 30 mg daily. Patients who were H. pylori positive or who had Barrett's Esophagus and/or definite dysplastic changes at baseline were excluded from these studies. A total of 4092 patients were enrolled and ranged in age from 18 to 90 years (median age 48 years) with 54% male. Race was distributed as follows: 87% Caucasian, 5% Black and 8% other. Based on the Los Angeles Classification, 71% of patients had mild EE (Grades A and B) and 29% of patients had moderate to severe EE (Grades C and D) before treatment.

The studies were designed to test non-inferiority. If non-inferiority was demonstrated then superiority would be tested. Although non-inferiority was demonstrated in both studies, the finding of superiority in one study was not replicated in the other.

The proportion of patients with healed EE at Week 4 or 8 is presented below in Table 8.

Table 8: EE Healing Rates*: All Grades

Study Number of Patients (N)† Treatment Group (daily) Week 4 % Healed Week 8‡ % Healed (95% CI) for the Treatment Difference (DEXILANT-Lansoprazole) by Week 8
1 657 DEXILANT 60 mg capsules 70 87 (-1.5, 6.1)§
648 Lansoprazole 30 mg 65 85
2 639 DEXILANT 60 mg capsules 66 85 (2.2, 10.5)§
656 Lansoprazole 30 mg 65 79
CI = Confidence interval
*Based on crude rate estimates, patients who did not have endoscopically documented healed EE and prematurely discontinued were considered not healed.
†Patients with at least one post baseline endoscopy.
‡Primary efficacy endpoint.
§Demonstrated non-inferiority to lansoprazole.

DEXILANT 90 mg capsules were studied and did not provide additional clinical benefit over DEXILANT 60 mg.

Maintenance Of Healed Erosive Esophagitis

A multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study was conducted in patients who successfully completed an EE study and showed endoscopically confirmed healed EE. Maintenance of healing and symptom resolution over a six month period were evaluated with DEXILANT 30 mg or 60 mg capsules once daily compared to placebo. A total of 445 patients were enrolled and ranged in age from 18 to 85 years (median age 49 years), with 52% female. Race was distributed as follows: 90% Caucasian, 5% Black and 5% other.

Sixty-six percent of patients treated with 30 mg of DEXILANT capsules remained healed over the six-month time period as confirmed by endoscopy (see Table 9).

Table 9: Maintenance Rates* of Healed EE at Month 6

Number of Patients (N)† Treatment Group (daily) Maintenance Rate (%)
125 DEXILANT 30 mg capsules 66.4‡
119 Placebo 14.3
*Based on crude rate estimates, patients who did not have endoscopically documented relapse and prematurely discontinued were considered to have relapsed.
†Patients with at least one post baseline endoscopy
‡Statistically significant vs placebo

Table 10: Median Percentage of 24 Hour Heartburn-Free Periods of the Maintenance of Healed EE Study

Treatment Group (daily) Overall Treatment* Month 1 Month 6
N Heartburn-Free 24-hour Periods (%) N Heartburn-Free 24-hour Periods (%) N Heartburn-Free 24-hour Periods (%)
DEXILANT 30 mg capsules 132 96.1† 126 96.7 80 98.3
Placebo 141 28.6 117 28.6 23 73.3
*Secondary efficacy endpoint
†Statistically significant vs placebo

Symptomatic Non-Erosive GERD

A multi-center, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, four week study was conducted in patients with a diagnosis of symptomatic non-erosive GERD made primarily by presentation of symptoms. These patients who identified heartburn as their primary symptom, had a history of heartburn for six months or longer, had heartburn on at least four of seven days immediately prior to randomization and had no esophageal erosions as confirmed by endoscopy. However, patients with symptoms which were not acid-related may not have been excluded using these inclusion criteria. Patients were randomized to one of the following treatment groups: DEXILANT 30 mg daily, 60 mg daily, or placebo. A total of 947 patients were enrolled and ranged in age from 18 to 86 years (median age 48 years) with 71% female. Race was distributed as follows: 82% Caucasian, 14% Black and 4% other.

DEXILANT 30 mg capsules provided statistically significantly greater percent of days with heartburn-free 24 hour periods over placebo as assessed by daily diary over four weeks (see Table 11). DEXILANT 60 mg capsules was studied and provided no additional clinical benefit over DEXILANT 30 mg capsules.

Table 11: Median Percentages of 24 Hour Heartburn-Free Periods During the 4 Week Treatment Period of the Symptomatic Non-Erosive GERD Study

N Treatment Group (daily) Heartburn-Free 24-hour Periods (%)
312 DEXILANT 30 mg capsules 54.9*
310 Placebo 18.5
*Statistically significant vs placebo

A higher percentage of patients on DEXILANT 30 mg capsules had heartburn-free 24 hour periods compared to placebo as early as the first three days of treatment and this was sustained throughout the treatment period (percentage of patients on Day 3: DEXILANT 38% versus placebo 15%; on Day 28: DEXILANT 63% versus placebo 40%).

Last reviewed on RxList: 5/5/2016
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